14th July, 2011
Â Faith Edorodion, a swimmer from Edo State, broke the National Sports Festival record in the 100metres Butterfly in the women swimming event. The record held by (Joshua in 1991) was the swimmers fourth medal of the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She won her record in 1:12:(59). The 21-year- old lady spoke with SEUN BISUGA about her feat at the Games.
Q: What inspired this feat you made at the Sports Festival?
I worked very hard for this record. I trained very seriously for the Games and wanted to improve my record. My coach also inspired me .
Did you know that you broke the record after the race?
No,I didnâ€™t not know that I even won the race. We had to wait for the officials. Breaking a long standing record was my joy. Miss Joshua set the record in 1991 and sheâ€™s a role model to me.
What do you intend to do after this victory?
I am aiming at breaking the national record and perhaps doing the same at the All African Games in Mozambique.
How long have you been swimming and when did you know that youâ€™ll be a swimmer?
Iâ€™ve been swimming from 11 years now and I have always known that Iâ€™ll be a swimmer. That is why I aim to win laurels at the international level. I will continue to practise and better my personal records.
How many medals have you won at this tournament?
I have won three gold, two silver and one bronze medals so far. And I have been able to achieve that through hardwork and dedication.
How have you been able to manage education and sports?
It has not been easy because you need to excel at both. I am an 100 level student of the University of Benin studying Banking & Finance but my passion lies in swimming. I hope to finish my studies and pursue my career in swimming.
What more do Nigeria need to produce more swimmers?
We need to train very hard and we need modern facilities that can help us compete favourably.
The future of swimming is bright but government and private bodies need to sponsor games to boost the morale of athletes.