Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti Talks With AoC’s Sports Kids

From Valerie

The current news in cycling is all about the superstar Adrien Niyonshuti who carried the Rwandan flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Recently, this young man of 25 years visited our Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club. He shared his hopes and beliefs that he can achieve more in his life. The Ibirunga Children’s Tennis Team and Coach Tony asked Adrien questions about what the Olympic games mean and what it is like to represent their country in front of the world. Adrien explained to the children that all kinds of disciplines in sports were presented such as volleyball, basketball, golf, handball, tennis, cyclers, and more. “I was there as a mountain bike rider competitor.” he explained. He said he could go on and on with all that he wanted to share about July’s experience in Europe but he said he could not say it all. What he did stress was that the children should always work hard, stay in school, practice tennis, and teach tennis to their friends, brothers, and sisters so that they carry on when they get older. Adrien fostered in these kids a spirit of being courageous and proud of themselves as well as working very hard for their future lives.

Olympian Adrien Nyionshuti (pictured here at the far right) asked Coach Tony how he made it to where he is today and the struggles he has endured.

Adrien encouraged the children by saying, “If you believe that you can achieve something there is still a chance for you.” Then added that they need to work very hard so that their tennis club may be represented in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil! The children yelled, “Yes, we will be there!”

None of the children wanted to leave without having Adrien’s signature on a Team Rwanda sticker.

Adrien requested the childrens signatures on the tennis club t-shirt which was a gift to him.

Eusebe (far right) and Coach Tony (far left) did not want Adrien to leave. They will probably find another day to catch up with him!

Team Rwanda’s Abraham Ruhumuriza and his colleagues played a little tennis.

Thank you very much Kimberly for arranging your cyclists to talk with Coach Tony and the children at Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club. Please come back another day.

A group photo with Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti, team mates, and Director of Logistics & Marketing, Kimberly Coats.

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