When she first picked up a jump-rope, at age 11, Beryl Atieno was just another young girl in Kibera, Nairobi’s notorious slum. Her horizon didn’t extend far past its mud-slick streets and jagged patchwork of rusting rooftops.

Since then, she has appeared in her sky blue uniform in Kenyan newspapers and on television. A couple of years ago, she traveled to the coastal city of Mombasa, where for the first time she saw the sea.

“At school, we had been learning about the Indian Ocean, and had been told that it was salty,” she says. She discovered for herself that it actually is.

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