It was another very successful outing for Huddersfield New College student Devyn Leask at the Cana Zone IV Swimming and Water Polo Championships, held last month in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Devyn, who recently secured 7 medals at the youth games in Angola, won 12 medals in these Championships.

Devyn, who is currently studying an Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at the College, was selected to represent the Zimbabwe National Swimming Team last year.

The Cana Zone IV competition involved member states of Southern Africa. The countries involved were Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Malawi, Seychelles, Angola and Tanzania.

Devyn’s success helped her country Zimbabwe to achieve first place in this competition.    

Devyn secured three gold medals in the 4x100m Women’s Mixed Medley Relay, 4x50m Women’s Freestyle Relay and 4 x 100m Women’s Freestyle Relay. Four silver medals in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle and 4x50m Women’s Medley Relay. And five bronze medals in the 100m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle and the 50m Butterfly.

Speaking of her achievements for her native country, Devyn said, “I was really proud to represent my country and to come away with such a great medal haul. It was also great to have home support”

When asked about the support she has received from the College, Devyn replied “The TASS (Talented Athlete Support Scheme) has helped me a lot. Being able to liaise with Matt Burton, the TASS Co-ordinator, about my competitive swimming schedule and College work dead-lines, has made it easier for me to manage my workload. All my tutors are aware of my training demands and work around these for me.”