Zalika Methula’s diving dream is on the way to becoming a reality as South Africans crowd-fund to help see her make history at the FINA Diving World Junior Championships in Kjiv, Ukraine, from 2-9 December 2021in Ukraine. Photo: Supplied
If she gets tot he Ukraine, Methula will be the first South African black female junior diver in a decade to qualify for this event, competing in the u15-u16 age category in the 1m and 3m springboard and in 3m synchro diving events. Photo: Supplied

Viral Crowdfunding Initiative Powers Zalika Diving Dream

by | Nov 4, 2021

South Africans are responding enthusiastically to a crowdfunding call by Winnie Methula, as she raises funds to send her daughter, grade nine learner, Zalika, to the FINA Diving World Junior Championships to be held in Kjiv, Ukraine from 2-9 December 2021.

Speaking to gsport about the campaign to date, Methula said she was inspired by South Africans and how they have come out to support Zalika:

“You have no idea, even the little bit of media coverage is helping. In terms of aquatics, people are used to swimming and water polo, yet while diving is an Olympic sport, it really doesn’t get the media attention it deserves.”

To date, over R80 000 has been raised through BackaBuddy and Methula is hoping to get this amount up to R90 000 to ensure that Zalika’s accommodation costs are covered.

“So with BackaBuddy, we are looking at accommodation alone. The flight bookings and visas are sorted, that was done through other contributions that have come through family, friends and the school community.”

Zalika, whose days are filled with school work and later in the afternoons intensive diving training, made time to speak to gsport late on Wednesday night, saying how grateful she was for the support shown by ordinary South Africans.

“I’m very grateful for that. People that you wouldn’t think would be in support of me actually were and I am very grateful for that.”

Zalika has set big goals for herself as she participates in her first major global event.

“I am going there to see the experience. I’m also trying to aim to make the final because I don’t think any South African diver has made the final in this event yet.”

She spoke highly of her mom and the support she receives from her: “My mom supports me every day. She helps me get through the difficult times. She is just always there for me.”

The St Mary’s Waverley learner receives excellent support from her school and the community yet admits it is still tough to balance sport and education.

“It’s very hard to try and balance both but as I grow older I’m going to learn time management but it’s quite difficult at the moment.”

Zalika, whose role models include champion Canadian diver, Jennifer Abel, tennis icon Serena Williams and global gymnastics star, Simone Biles, has big dreams of her own.

“Definitely going to the Olympics and participating in various competitions overseas.”

Her advice for success to young girls chasing their dreams?

“Don’t give up, no matter how far your dream will be. Just keep pushing.”

According to Methula’s passionate write-up on Back A Buddy, Zalika will be making history as the first South African black female junior diver in a decade to qualify for this event. She will be competing in the U15-U16 age category in the 1m and 3m springboard and in 3m synchro diving events. 

In the post, which has gone viral, she wrote: “Zalika found her love for diving at the age of 9 and through passion, commitment, and determination has exceeded all expectations. It is her lifelong dream and long-term goal to represent South Africa at the Olympics one day. Competing internationally at this young age is a vital step in the development of her diving journey.

“As a family, we are not financially able to send her on an international self-funded tour to represent her country. For this reason, we appeal for financial assistance from our friends, family, acquaintances, and anyone else that would like to see Zalika reach her goal.”

When Zalika returns home from the FINA Diving World Junior Championships, she will have little rest, before heading to Durban to represent her age group at Nationals a few days later.

Show your support by contributing to Zalika’s Diving Dream and help support this rising star and see what South Africans have to say about why they are backing this talented athlete – https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/zalika-methula

 

Photo 1 Caption: South Africans are responding enthusiastically to a crowdfunding call by Winnie Methula, as she raises funds to send her daughter, grade nine learner, Zalika, to the FINA Diving World Junior Championships to be held in Kjiv, Ukraine from 2-9 December 2021. Photo: Supplied

 

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