Achieng Ajulu Bushell: British Swimmer (Biography)

April 5, 2010

Meet Achieng Ajulu Bushell she is the Young British/ Kenyan Swimmer who at her young age has achieve some really great things. Would you like to know more about her? Then keep on reading plus check out Ajulu Bushel’s photos and video below.

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This 16 year old swimmer was born in Warrington, England on March 20, 1994. Her father Rok Bushell was originally from Kenya, he is a political refugee and teacher, who was working at the University of Leeds where he met her mother Helen Bushell, a lecturer in international development who was born in England. Three year old Ajulu moved with her mother to Nairobi, Africa after her parents split up, Rok is now married to South African Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Ajulu lived in Kenya for about ten years while Helen worked at the presidential office. She moved back to England almost two years ago and she is now attending Plymouth College in Plymouth, Devon, England.

She became involved into swimming at a very early age, she was just twelve years old when she first competed at the African Youth. She won the Bronze medal at the 4x 100 m freestyle relay alongside Sylvia Brunlehner, Pina Ercolano, Rachita Shah and silver at the 50m freestyle plus two gold medals (50m 100m butterfly) during the 2008 African Swimming Championships at Ellis Park, Johannesburg in South Africa. Also in 2008 she was named the 2008 Most Promising Sportswoman on the Year. Her next step took her to the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships where she landed 71st in the 50m butterfly in 29:32. In the 50m breaststroke she finished 20th in 31:30 and at the 4x100m relay her team formed by Rachita Shah, Sylvia Brunlehner, Pina Ercolano finished 29th.

But it was about this same time that her mother, who clearly knew her daughter’s talent, searched all over for a way to help Ajulu’s swimming skills to improve and to keep on competing, so she found that help from her natal England. Plymouth College was aware of the young teenager’s talent, so they offered her a scholarship and the opportunity to compete for her natal England instead of Kenya, an opportunity that the Ajulu felt like was the most certain now that she was back to the country that saw her come to life.

But if for Ajulu felt right to change her competing nationally in Kenya another point of view has been the main object of their discussion in Kenya, who thought that Ajulu was doing it for money, an assumption that Helen denied and defended her daughter’s honor and future. First of all she was not changing nationality she is British. But she might not be competing for England until London 2012, since the Olympic charter requires three years to pass when an athlete changes the country from where they will be competing, but it is also stated that this period of time can be either reduced or changed. Anyways she will be the first Black woman on the English swimming team, so say Hello to Achieng Ajulu Bushell, new English swimmer; who at this time is competing and will be doing some superb things at the 2010 London Olympics.

Take a look at the Photos and Video below.

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Achieng Ajulu Bushell Video

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