The Incredible Paljk

2020 Olympian

Forbes Africa 30 under 30 

All Africa youth champion.

Africa senior championships silver medalist and African Record.

All Africa bronze medalist.
CANA zone 3, 4 and 5 regional champion.

5x world championship participant.
2x commonwealth games participant and commonwealth games semi-finalist.

Sports woman of the year 2018 and 2019.


Tilka's Story

What Tilka is made of.


At the age of 11 Tilka made her first national team and won a silver medal in the 50 meters breaststroke. At the age of 15, she won Zambia's first swimming medal at the region 5 games held in Zambia in 2012 and in 2013 at age 16 Tilka went on to win silver at the Africa junior championships held in Zambia and was awarded sportsperson and swimmer of the year including the ZASU presidents award. 
Tables turned when Tilka lost her mother the following year and was left to take care of her 13 year old brother with the help of extended family. From this point onward Tilka has dedicated her life to swimming in hopes to make a living for her and her brother. Tilka won sportswoman for the year 2018 and 2019, and became the first Zambian to ever qualify for the short course world championships held in China in December 2018..

Tilka currently resides in Johannesburg where she trains under Gerard Naus at the Cardinals swimming club.

She is also a qualified Montessori Directress and has a diploma in early childhood development. 

She represented Zambia at the 2020/1 Tokyo Olympic games, where she was also the flag bearer for Zambia at the opening ceremony. 

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National and International competitions.

Competed in local league galas and national championships from 2005
National Age Group Champion 2010, 2011
CANA Zone 6 Regional championships 2012 (bronze medal 50m breaststroke)
CANA Junior Swimming Championships 2013, Lusaka Zambia (bronze medal 50m breaststroke)
FINA World Junior Championships 2013, Dubai, U.A.E
FINA World Championships 2013 Barcelona, Spain
Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow, Scotland
Region 5 U19 Games, 2014 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (silver medal 50m breaststroke, bronze 50m freestyle)
FINA World Championships, 2015 Kazan, Russia
South African Level 3 Nationals 2015 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (gold 50m breaststroke)
CANA Zone 3&4 2015 Luanda, Angola (gold 50m freestyle & breaststroke, silver 100m breaststroke, bronze 200m breaststroke)
NTS nationals, 2015 Pretoria, South Africa (silver 50m breaststroke & 50m freestyle, bronze 100m breaststroke)
CANA Zone 4 2016 Port Louis, Mauritius (gold 50m freestyle, gold 50m breaststroke and silver 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle)
FINA World Short Course Championships 2016 Windsor, Canada
FINA World Championships 2017 Budapest, Hungary.
CANA Zone 3&4 Lilongwe, Malawi (gold 50m, 100m, 200m breaststroke, 50m, 100m freestyle, bronze 50m butterfly, women's 17&over highest overall points)
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia. (50m breaststroke semi-finalist)
Africa Senior Championships 2018, Algiers, Algeria (Silver in the 50m Breaststroke)
FINA World Short Course Championships 2018, Hangzhou, China
FINA World Championships 2019, Gwangju, South Korea 
All Africa Games 2019, Casablanca, Morocco (Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke)
Olympic games, 2020/1, Tokyo, Japan (50m freestyle)