Kirsty Leigh Coventry is a Zimbabwean swimmer and the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation. Kirsty won several medals in recent Olympics over the years. She made history at the Sydney Olympic games by winning several medals and becoming the most successful Zimbabwean athlete at the Olympics. In 2018 she was Appointed Chairperson For International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission.

Kirsty Coventry
Kirsty Leigh Coventry
Born Kirsty Leigh Coventry
September 16, 1983
Nationality Zimbabwe
Alma mater Auburn University, Alabama, US.
  • Swimmer
Organization Kirsty Coventry Academy
Spouse(s) Tyrone Seward
Parent(s) Rob Coventry (father),
Lyn Coventry (mother)
Relatives Lauren Coventry (Sister)
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In 2015, Kirsty and her spouse Tyrone Seward founded a Kirsty Coventry Academy, a non-profit that provides swimming lessons children, adults, and coaches.



Coventry was born on 16 September 1983 in Harare. After having completed part of her studies at Dominican Convent High School in Zimbabwe, Kirsty got a full scholarship to further her education at Auburn University in Alabama where she graduated with a Bachelor of Human Science Hotel and Restaurant Management.[1] The swimming career of Kirsty benefited immensely from the state of the art facilities provided at Auburn[2][3]

The Rise to Stardom and Major Successes

At Auburn Coventry managed to get into the school's swimming team. She first shot to prominence in the Commonwealth games in 2002 held in Manchester where she clinched a gold medal in the 200-metre individual medley event[4] This was after Kirsty then 16,[3] had been part of the Zimbabwe Olympic team that had failed to make an impact in the Sydney games and not won a medal. At the Athens games, Coventry made the headlines by winning three medals namely gold, silver and bronze.[4] In the 2008 edition of the Olympic games, she also managed to retain her gold title in the 200 m backstroke.[1] Coventry also added four silver and another bronze to her medals tally bringing the sum total to 7 medals; 2 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. Coventry has also won three long course world titles, winning the 100 and 200 m backstroke in 2005 and her specialty event, the 200 m backstroke in 2009. At the 2008 short course World Championships, she triumphed in four events[1]

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Personal life

Coventry is married to a long time boyfriend Tyrone Seward who also doubles as her manager. The two were first married in a traditional ceremony in which Tyrone paid lobola to the Coventry. The traditional ceremony was then followed by a wedding[8]

Appointment as Chairperson

In January 2018 Kirsty Coventry was appointed as the Chairperson of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’s Commission. Coventry had been a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission since 2012 and took over from outgoing chairperson, United States ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero. Coventry became the third successive female IOC Athletes’ Commission chair after Ruggiero and German fencer Claudia Bokel and the first chair from Africa after Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks as well as the first African woman chairperson. Kirsty Coventry Appointed Chairperson For International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kirsty Coventry, Retrieved: July 10, 2014
  2. The Person Retrieved July 10, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kirsty Coventry Bio, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 21, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robert Mutsauki, Athens 2004: The inside story, The Herald, Published: June 1, 2012, Retrieved: July 10, 2014
  5. KIRSTY COVENTRY, Arena, Retrieved: July 10, 2014
  6. Kirsty grabs gold for Zim, Herald, Published: September 10, 2015, Retrieved: September 10, 2015
  7. ,[ Manyuchi, Coventry nominated for AUSC awards], Daily News, published: June 10, 2016, retrieved: June 10, 2016
  8. Kirsty Coventry ties the knot, DailyNews, Published: August 12, 2013, Retrieved: July 10, 2014