This young man’s story is gonna blow your mind. His story would teach you that focus and determination are definite keys to success.
Check him out:
His name is Nyamedze Akyen-Aikins, he’s in level 400, in Mensah Sarbah Hall, studying Agricultural Economics and likes to swim, play video games and read.
Aikins won gold in all the events in the men’s category in the just ended UG inter-halls swimming competition
Now let’s move to the interview so you get to know how he did it.
Kuulpeeps Legon: Aikins, which tribe are you associated with?
Aikins: “I’m a Fante”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Okay, So do you live along the coast?
Aikins: “Yes. I lived in Takoradi for about 18 years but currently, I live in Accra and visit Takoradi occasionally”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Okay, so when and where did you learn how to swim?
Aikins: (laughs)…”Funny thing is I learned how to swim in Legon, just over a year ago and that was on 16th December 2016″
Kuulpeeps Legon: So you learned how to swim here in Legon in 2016 and two years after you won every single event in the men’s category…How did you do it?
Aikins: (laughs)…”I like to challenge myself a lot. So after my first competition, which I won just one event(50m butterfly), I set a goal for myself to win every single event in the following years’ competition. That was my long-term goal, so I broke it down into short-term goals and then trained for each one of them. It wasn’t easy but I think it was worth the effort”
Kuulpeeps Legon: So in which year did you win the 50m butterfly, 2017?
Aikins: “Yes 2017”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Wow! So you used just a year to train to achieve your goal a year after?
Kuulpeeps Legon: Very interesting, so how many times do you train in a week?
Aikins: “In the middle of the season training gets intense so usually 5x in a week and during tapper, it gets as low as 3x a week”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Okay, but personally, what did you do to make sure you achieved your goal?
Aikins: “Erm…I set time aside to do some personal training at the pool, visit the gym, do lots of endurance workouts, watching and analysing videos of Olympians and adapting to what I watch and try what works for me or doesn’t. And in the end, I keep the good ones. Coach B.B. also was a major factor, he helped me whenever I go to his office for some pieces of advice and drill sheets. But basically, it all comes down to determination and focusing on your goals”.
Kuulpeeps Legon: That’s impressive! So what pushed you to learn how to swim?
Aikins: “I just learned to swim for the fun of it, I never had the thought of competing when I decided to learn until I saw Dare, the UG sports secretary, swimming while I was taking lessons and I told myself, Damn! this guy is so fast. I want to swim like that. So that’s where I first had the idea of competing in swimming”
Kuulpeeps Legon: So in all how many medals did you win in the just ended inter-halls competition?
Aikins: “The just ended competition I won 8 gold and 1 silver medal”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Wow! that’s really impressive. So have you competed in other swimming competitions aside the inter-halls?
Aikins: “Yes! GH Dolphins, Legon invitational in 2017 and Lincoln Community School (LCS) meet in Jan 2018”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Okay, but is GH dolphins not the national swimming team?
Aikins: “No it’s not. It’s a swimming club. It just happens most of the national swimmers are from that club”
Kuulpeeps Legon: But did you win any medal in these competitions?
Aikins: “Yeah. I did win medals in all these ones”
Kuulpeeps Legon: How many?
Aikins: “For GH Dolphins, I won 2 bronze medals, for Legon invitational, I won 3 silver medals and for LCS, I won 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Wow! you are a big man! so what’s the future like for Aikins?
Aikins: (laughs)…”So after school, I’m still going to push through with swimming. With the support of my family now, I know I can make it with God in the vessel”
Kuulpeeps Legon: Wonderful, so do you have any dreams of competing at the Olympics?
Aikins: “Yes of course! That’s the dream of every swimmer, competing on the biggest stage there is in swimming”
Kuulpeeps Legon: I know what the answer is gonna be but I will still ask, it might not be what I’m expecting. Who is your favourite swimmer that you look up to?
Aikins: “I have 2 swimmers I look up to because of the strokes and events I swim. For butterfly and Individual Medleys, I look up to Micheal Phelps
Kuulpeeps Legon: Ah! I knew it!
Aikins: (laughs)…”He’s incredible in these two events and unbeaten in the 200m IM. And for Freestyle, I look up to Caleb Dressel
and Nathan Adrian
They are awesome swimmers of the strokes. Breaking and setting new records all the time”
So that’s the story of Aikins. We hope you were inspired. Remember, determination and focus is key to success!