TSE Congratulates USA Water Polo’s Kaleigh Gilchrist on Return to Olympics
Following well-publicized accident and Kobe Bryant-inspired “Mamba Mission” rehabilitation, Gilchrist sets sites on second gold medal
New York, NY - Transition Sports and Entertainment (TSE) is proud to congratulate Kaleigh Gilchrist on being once again selected to represent Team USA in Women’s Water Polo at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Gilchrist, of Newport Beach, California, represented Team USA in Rio in 2016, winning a Gold Medal. When not in the pool, she splits her time on the World Surf League Qualifying Surf Series. After a well-publicized injury following the 2019 world championships in South Korea, she began a rehab stint during which she struck a relationship with and found a mentor in the late Kobe Bryant. Team USA trainer Larnie Boquiren dubbed Gilchrist’s rehab efforts “Mamba Mission” in homage to her local hero.
Gilchrist has global competition in here blood. Her father, Sandy Gilchrist, competed for Team Canada as a swimmer in the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics. Her uncle, Allen Gilchrist, swam for Canada in the 1948 and 1952 Games.
TSE Founder and President Don Povia said, "Knowing Kaleigh’s journey – how she’s overcome adversity in light of not just career-threatening injury, but with the uncertainty surrounding the global lockdown – makes this moment all the more fulfilling. Kaleigh’s world class athleticism pales in comparison to her spirit and infectious love of life. She is a role model to many, and we are proud to have her as part of our family.”