Dan speaks fluent Japanese, enjoys the japanese culture but despite all this he is a true kenyan patriot who hopes to one day represent kenya at the Olympics. His basic element is water and once he goes into any swimming pool, he is there to win a race or have fun. He is so good, he is the vice captain of the USIU team. Join me find out more about Dan:
Name: Dan Nyamwaya
Age: 20 years
Occupation: A computer Science student at USIU
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading novels and playing FIFA
What was your first encounter with a pool like?
I was so scared. It was a scary experience for me because I was in coast It was in 1998 and I had overlooked some of the instructions we had been given.
What did you overlook?
*Laughs* A few kids and I were being taught to swim in a pool and we had been given arm floaters to help us stay afloat. I thought I didn’t need them, so I removed them and jumped in the pool. It’s really funny now, but I almost drowned.
After that experience what made you go back to a swimming pool and improve your skill?
When I was in primary school at Hospital Hill, the school had a very good swimming coach. Her name was Patricia, she was patient and encouraging. I watched other students compete and I also wanted to compete.
When did you participate in your first competition?
I was in class 4 and the competition was at St. Austin’s. It was a 50M race and the pool was 25M long so when I was in my second lap, I got so tired. I stopped halfway, only to see other swimmers had completed. I looked behind me and there was still one more swimmer behind me; that made me finish up because I didn’t want to be the last. I finished 5th.
How often do you train in a week?
Pool time I train 4 times a week, then my gym work is either 3 or 2 times a week.
Where do you train from? Do you have a coach?
I use the U.S.I.U gym to do weights and as a school we use Kasarani Sports Center Swimming pools.
What is your specialty? How fast are you?
I specialize in 100M and 50M, freestyle and breaststroke. So far, I cover 50M in 27 seconds and 100M in 1 minute. I hope to improve with time.
What was your epic moment so far in your career?
When I won the high school Nationals twice in 2008 and 2010 in the 50M freestyle category, I was so happy and proud of myself. I still hope to have more epic moments in the future.
Do you have any accolades?
I have a lot of medals, but the two trophies that I value; are the sportsman of the year trophies I received in 2008 and 2010 when I was in high school.
Who is your favourite swimmer locally and internationally?
My favourite swimmer worldwide is Jason Dunford. He is a Kenyan and puts Kenya on the map. He is immensely talented and his dedication to the sport is inspiring to me.
What is your best moment thus far in your career?
I have had a lot of good moments but I am yet to have a best moment.
What are your ambitions?
I am aiming for Olympics 2016. Training, dedication, competitions and prayer will get me there.
What are the challenges facing swimmers in Kenya?
Swimming is still an expensive sport. To get the required facilities that will enable you to train from an early age, is really tough. Sponsorship from clubs can be very helpful so as to help young upcoming swimmers acquire training facilities.
Parting Shot/ What is your inspiration to other upcoming players?
Always follow your instinct even when you have been discouraged. Your instinct is always right.