Her name is Kaya Adwoa Forson. She currently lives in Malaga, Spain but will be representing her home country Ghana at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
Kaya Adwoa Forson is a 14-year old Ghanaian swimmer who has represented her country in several international swimming competitions.
Irrespective of her age, the swimming talent has competed with long time professional swimmers and given them a run for their money.
In 2015, the teenager alone represented her country at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Kaya who was the youngest swimmer at the championship, competed and came 66th for the 200m freestyle and came 44th in the 200m backstroke events.
For the Rio Olympics Kaya Forson will compete in the women’s 200m freestyle swimming.
Winning a medal for her country will be an unprecedented victory, however the talented swimmer is sure to make exploits in the swimming sports.
As it is, Kaya was among the top 10 swimmers at the Rio Olympics qualifying event. She practically made an impression during the qualifying competition which featured 296 athletes representing 49 clubs and 21 countries.
Kaya trains with Real Club Mediterráneo de Málaga is a citizen of both Ghana and Spain. It on her own terms that she chose to represent Ghana at the Rio Olympics.
It is a fact that Africa does not particularly feature in water sports including swimming like they do in other sports categories.
Countries like Botswana for the first time will be participating in Olympic swimming competitions. Representing the southern African country is Naomi Ruella, who resides in the United States.
One reason why water sports like swimming appears unpopular in sub-Saharan Africa especially is lack of funds to put up adequate training facilities.
West African athletes are more popular with tracks. It is refreshing to know that the likes of Kaya Adwoa Forson and South Africa’s Cameron Vander Burgh are encouraging more athletes in that category.