We are hugely proud that three Nile Swimmers are now at Rio 2016 preparing for their events. Abdelaziz Alfatih (Azo) and Haneen Sami are both Aquatic Survival Instructors and qualified Lifeguards. They will both be representing Sudan in the 50m freestyle. Aabid Hammour is the national coach and a member of our Management Team. In this three part blog, we catch up with each of them to find out more. This time, we chat to 16-year old Haneen.
When did you start swimming?
I started swimming when I was 5 years old.
What do you do now?
I’m a high school student. My favourite subject is mathematics.
How do you fit in your training?
I train for two hours a day. I have to organise my training round school, and my studying. Sometimes it means I have less time to see my friends and my family but I love swimming so most of the time, it is okay.
How did your family react when they found out you had qualified to compete at Rio 2016?
My family were very happy and excited for me. It made me even happier that I was going to compete and that they were proud of me. Making them happy made me feel happy!
What are you most looking forward to while you are in Rio?
I am really looking forward to representing my country. I want to make sure that I make myself and my family proud of my hard work. In addition to that, I want to be a role model for future generations.
Why do you think the work of Nile Swimmers is important in Sudan?
I think the work that Nile Swimmers do is really important in my country. It teaches us how we can save people’s lives and protect our children from drowning.
What advice would you give to aspiring Olympic athletes?
You need to set a goal and then work hard and train well to achieve it. You have to listen to your coach and follow the advice that they give you.
Haneen will be competing in 50m freestyle on 12th August.