Olympic swimmer begins a political career in Mérida

Mexican team Nuria Diosdado, left, and Karem Achach won the gold medal, Colombia the silver and Venezuela the bronze in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. Photo: Luis ROBAYO / AFP / Getty Images
  • Mérida, Yucatán, Mayor Maria Fritz welcomes incoming city council member Karem Achach, who will remain a competitive swimmer while serving the public. Photo: Ayuntamiento

Mérida, Yucatán — Will her years as a competitive synchronized swimmer prepare Karem Achach for politics?

The mayor seems to think so.

Among the new City Council members taking charge on Sept. 1, medalist Karem Achach is perhaps the most famous.

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In the meeting Tuesday at the Municipal Palace, Mayor Fritz Sierra — a fellow PANista — welcomed Achach and praised her for demonstrating how much one can achieve with perseverance and dedication.

“The Yucatecan woman is occupying more and more places every day and you are an example of this,” she said.

Achach, 27, is not giving up the sport. The municipal president added that the athlete will have the opportunity, in a new position, to work from the outside and that with her youth and enthusiasm she will leave a mark on the City Council.

Fritz advised her that in her new role she must always consider the common good of each and every citizen, and mainly to reduce the inequality gap and improve our quality of life.

“For example, Karem, you are where you are because of the opportunities you have had and we know that there are countless ‘Karems’ in the municipalities and comisarías; you just have to look for them, so a wonderful stage awaits you with more successes that you will be reaping,” said the mayor.

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The Yucatecan sportswoman said that she will make the most of the opportunity presented to her, supporting the athletes, fulfilling and making their dreams come true.

Born and raised in Mérida, Achach attended the Colegio Renacimiento before going on to collect two silver medals each in both the women’s duet and team routine at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

She subsequently competed as a member of the Mexican delegation at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by the following year. There, she and partner Nuria Diosdado took the eleventh spot in the women’s duet final.

This year, after the July election, she won a gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Sources: Punto Medio, Wikipedia

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