The Minister of Sports and Recreation has congratulated multiple Olympic gold medallist Kirsty Coventry on attaining an honorary doctorate degree at the Bindura University at a press conference held in the capital on Friday.
By SportBrief Reporter
The nation’s swimming sensation who has amassed an impressive tally of 2 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medal and holds the record for the most medals at the Olympics by a Zimbabwean was honoured by the Bindura University of Science Education for her outstanding achievements.
And the Minister of Sports and Recreation Honourable Makhosini Hlongwane has sent a congratulatory message to the champion swimmer at a press conference held at the Ministry offices on Friday afternoon.
“The Ministry of Sports and Recreation, Arts and Culture Honourable Makhosini Hlongwane would like to express his hearty congratulations to Zimbabwe’s sport heroine and icon Kirsty Coventry who was conferred an honourary Doctorate Degree in Sport Science by Bindura University of Science Education,” read the acting permanent secretary Benson Ncube on behalf of the Minister.
Hon. Hlongwane added that the move is likely to inspire upcoming sport athletes as it will motivate them to do their utmost best when they represent the country and encouraged other universities to emulate Bindura University by recognising athletes that done well on national duty.
“This tribute to Kirsty Coventry will serve as an inspiration to budding athletes as well as seasoned sport athletes in the country. It is also our hope that other universities will emulate Bindura University of Science Education and also confer similar accolades to our arts and culture icons who have acquitted themselves well in these areas.”
“On the same note, the Honourable Minister would like to specifically thank Dr Coventry for continuing to be an unrelenting beacon of sporting excellency at home and abroad,” the statement concluded.
The Sports and Recreational Committee (SRC) through its acting director general, J. Muchechetere also released a press statement congratulating Kirsty and commending her character as a role model to upcoming athletes.
“Dr Kirsty Coventry has been an inspiration to many of the athletes and a highly dependable athlete who was always ready to do duty for the nation. Her achievement and humility certainly befits the honour bestowed upon her.”
“As the SRC, we celebrate with the rest of the sporting community this rare and unique honour which will go down in our history as a critical landmark which is certainly going to change the face of sport. This also goes to demonstrate that sport is no longer a pass time activity but a serious engagement which demands that we, in the sport sector have to apply ourselves in a diligent and professional manner if we are to take sport to another level,” read part of the statement.
Kirsty Coventry has had a stellar career having attained an impressive haul of 18 gold and 12 silver medals in three major competitions which are the World Swimming Championships, All-Africa and Commonwealth games in a career spanning more than a decade.