Photo Credit: Winnie Methula

Hundreds of South Africans gave from their hearts to make Zalika Methula’s dream of representing her country a reality – She heads to Kyiv this December to fly the flag high!


Elton Hill, South Africa (21 October 2021) – Zalika Methula is a talented diver, and her dream is to represent South Africa at the FINA Diving World Junior Championship. The sporting event is to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 2-9 December 2021. Her mother, Winnie, set up a crowdfund to make that dream a reality, and it was a success.

The FINA showcase is a biennial competition that sees competitors from some of the world’s leading diving nations come together.

According to her proud mom, Zalika will be making history as the first South African black female junior diver to qualify for this event in over a decade, and this is fantastic news. She will be competing in the u15-u16 age category in the 1m and 3m springboard and in 3m synchro diving events.

To get to the event, Winnie needed to fund flights for Zalika and her coach, as well as visa costs, accommodation,  and additions to her sports kit. Her goal was to raise R120,000, and with the help of many donors, they reached that goal this week.

It is a dream come true as Zalika’s love of diving started at the age of nine. Attending the FINA Diving World Junior Championship leads her one step closer to representing South Africa at the Olympics.

Winnie shared that it takes a village to raise a child, and in this case, hundreds stepped forward to do so. We look forward to hearing about Zalika’s trip and how she grows in the sport.

Sources: BackaBuddy
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