Stephanie Rice, Australia's triple Olympic champion who called time on her illustrious swimming career in April this year at the age of 25, has joined sports management firm Rhiti Sports with an aim to improve the overall health of the water sport in India.
The champion swimmer had a humble upbringing in Queensland before she went onto become one of the biggest names in the sport by winning gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, all in world record time.
Rhiti Sports claimed that Rice plans to set up academies in India and is looking forward to grooming young talent.
On her association, the 26-year-old said: "I'm really excited on the opportunity to join Rhiti Sports, which already manages some of the biggest sports names in the world. I feel India is a land of immense sports potential and all that you need to do is to convert it into Olympic medals by providing good infrastructure along with proper coaching.
"I hope through Rhiti Sports, I'm able to fulfill dreams of those youngsters who want to become world-class swimmers."
She is already involved with launch of her own kids' "RACE" swimwear line back home, besides hosting corporate swimming clinics, health and fitness programs.
"We're thrilled to have Stephanie Rice on board. Swimming is considered to be a very glamorous sport and has a lot of scope in our country. We're proud that with our association with Stephanie, we can contribute in its growth," said Rhiti Sports managing director, Arun Pandey.