Zambia’s swimming sensational Tilka Paljik says she is aiming for gold at the on-going Congo-Brazzaville All Africa Games (AAG) that kicked off on Friday.
Tilka who is Africa Swimming Confederation (CANA) Zone Three and Four Swimming Championship 2014 silver medallist said she was aiming for gold this time round at the on-going Congo-Brazzaville All Africa Games (AAG) that kicked off on Friday.
Paljik said she has been training hard to ensure that Zambia wins a medal in swimming.
“I have undergone tough training just to prepare for this tournament. This is a big event that attracts stiff competition hence one needs to work extra hard,
“ I have put in the best in trying to bring honour to the nation. I know it is not an easy task, but I can surely survive,” she said. She said the morale among her team members was high and the swimmers were determined to overcome all odds at the tournament.
“The spirit of a fighter is in every Zambian swimmer here. We are determined to put up a resilient competition and book a slot in the medal bracket. Some teams will underrate us, but they will be greeted with a surprise,” she said. The swimming team has Paljik, Ralph Goveia, Mathew Shone and Shannon Hassen Weltin , Kumaren Naidu and Alexandros Axiotis.
Meanwhile, Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) president Alfred Foloko has promised more medals from the judokas at the AAG. Foloko said the judokas were adequately prepared and were barely waiting to know their opponents.
He said the target was for each judoka to win a medal for Zambia.
“I can confidently declare that the judokas are determined to mint medals. They have trained hard and have enough experience to take on any opponent,” he said.
Zambian boxers are today scheduled to step in the ring.
The 58 member Zambian contingent includes 10 judokas, 16 handballers (female), eight boxers, six swimmers, four paralympics and 14 runners.
Zambia managed to scoop three medals,silver and two bronze at the 2011 AGG’
The 2015 AAG is running from September 4 to 19 in Brazzaville.