Anh Vien - new Vietnamese swimming talent

Thursday, 2011-07-07 16:05:00
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Anh Vien (in the middle) with her family.
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Nhan Dan – Following the speedy rise of Hoang Quy Phuoc, the first Vietnamese swimmer to earn a ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games, Vietnamese swimming has recently discovered another young talent: Anh Vien from the southern province of Can Tho. The 14 year-old girl secured 16 gold medals and broke nine records at the National Youth Swimming Championships and the 35th Southeast Asian (SEA) Age Group Swimming Championships last month.

Initially hoping only to improve her health, Vien learned how to swim at the age of seven under the guidance of her grandfather. Three years later, she participated in the Children's Sports Competition in Can Tho and, although she did not earn perfect results at the tournament, her aptitude caught the eye of coaches from National Defense Sports and Physical Training Centre 4. The coaches went to Giai Xuan commune in Phong Dien district to convince Vien’s family to let her join a swimming class for gifted children. At first, she said she felt “very frustrated because of the strenuous training and living away from home.” However, she quickly overcame these obstacles, thanks to her passion for swimming, and has made great progress in the sport so far.

After four years of hard work, Anh Vien proved her talent at the National Swimming Clubs Tournament in 2009, winning two gold and seven silver medals. She was then called up to the national youth team and promoted to the national team only a year later.

Over the past two months, Anh Vien has continued to make amazing progress. In May 2011, she won all ten events at the National Youth Swimming Championship winning and broke seven national records for the 13-14 age group. One month later, she snatched six golds, two silvers and three bronzes and broke two Southeast Asian records at the recent 35th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships.

It has been quite a long time since Vietnam has seen such a talented young female swimmer as Anh Vien. The 1.70 metre tall girl, who will certainly grow taller in the coming years, can swim well in all styles and has an excellent spirit for competition.

What is essential for Anh Vien now is the proper care and investment from training centres to help her make the most of her abilities and begin a new process of development. Her manager has already created favourable conditions for her to travel to China and attend a long-term training course under the guidance of foreign experts. She is expected to gain many more achievements for Vietnamese swimming in the future.

DANG HA