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Ayanna Rakhu

Board Member

Ayanna is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and has worked in the field of aquatics for over 20 years. After learning to swim and swimming competitively from ages 6-12, she began her aquatic career as a lifeguard at age 16.  Over the years, she has held various instructor, supervisor, and administrative roles in aquatic programs. 


Ayanna went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from McKendree University and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Kinesiology (University of Minnesota) with an emphasis in Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity.

She recently completed her doctoral dissertation on African American mothers and the swim competency of their children.

She is the founder of HK Fit Club, a fitness training business that offers movement therapy and athlete development. She specializes in providing personalized aquatic fitness and swim regimens as a cross-training tool for elite non-water-sport athletes. She also offers various forms of water therapy including injury rehabilitation and trauma relief.


Ayanna is an avid swimmer, scuba diver (SSI), and USA Swimming coach, who is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of swimming in communities across the African diaspora.