Alice Dearing Launches Swimming Academy in Ghana

Alice Dearing Launches Swimming Academy in Ghana

Olympic swimmer Alice Dearing is making waves beyond the pool with the launch of her new initiative, the SWYM (Swim With Your Meaning) Academy, in Accra, Ghana.

Alice Dearing, a British-Ghanaian known for her open water prowess, aims to light up a passion for swimming in Ghana and help individuals to explore new possibilities. “SWYM was created to spark excitement in swimming and encourage people to take the plunge,” she says, expressing her hope to support up to 250 individuals in the next four years.

This venture isn’t just about Dearing’s athletic achievements – it’s about building a legacy. In 2021, she became the first Black female swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics, a testament to her dedication and talent. But her influence extends far beyond the competition. Dearing is a champion for inclusivity in swimming. Recognized on the BBC’s Powerlist in 2023, she’s also the co-founder of the Black Swimming Association, a groundbreaking initiative tackling the underrepresentation of Black swimmers.

The SWYM Academy officially launched on May 4th, 2024, in collaboration with Achimota School. This partnership aligns perfectly with SWYM’s goals, as Achimota boasts a rich history of nurturing exceptional leaders, including former presidents like Kwame Nkrumah. “Their legacy of excellence inspires us to create long-lasting leaders in the aquatic world,” Dearing explains.

The Academy offers comprehensive training programs designed to equip participants with not just technical skills, but also endurance and mental resilience. Each cohort will consist of 10-week, fully-funded programs for 15 children and 5 adults. Certified swim coaches will guide them, ensuring participants gain this vital life skill.

The initiative goes beyond lessons. Partnering with Nike Swim, SWYM equips participants with essential gear like swimsuits and goggles. Additionally, swim brand Soul Cap is providing swim caps, ensuring everyone is well-prepared for their aquatic journey.

This venture holds a special significance for Dearing. “Ghana, my mother’s homeland, holds a special place in the SWYM story,” she says. “Without her, my swimming journey wouldn’t have begun. Now, it’s my turn to give back.”

The SWYM Academy is more than just a swimming program; it’s an opportunity for Ghanaians to embrace the water, develop valuable skills, and potentially discover a lifelong passion. With Dearing’s dedication and the Academy’s strong partnerships, SWYM is poised to make a lasting splash in Ghana.

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