Winner of 3 Silver medals in the relays and the 6th place in the 50 free at the last African Games and account executive at a PR agency, the 26 year old champion is redefining grit. Starting at 6 years old, Amina has come a very long way in the world of professional swimming. We sat together for a little chat:
How did you first get into swimming?
Nothing was planned. My mom took me to a swimming class when I was little to teach me the survival basics. I wasn’t exceptional at first but a coach saw my potential and spoke to my mom about it … the rest is history
What was it like to prepare for the African Games?
I’d actually completely stopped training for around 4 years prior, which is kind of unforgivable in the world of professional swimming. I started making my way back 2 years before the African games; I made my way back into the national team and have been training for over a year leading up to the African Games. It wasn’t at all easy but my goals always push me forward and keep me motivated.
What was it like?
The African Games experience is always beyond amazing. It’s basically the Olympics of the African continent; the best athletes from all over Africa compete in one place. Standing on top of the podium and seeing your country’s flag rise with the anthem playing in the background alone is just too powerful.
I’m currently preparing for The National Championship. Next year is going to be an Olympic one so I’m going to be participating in a chain of championships in preparation as well, hopefully qualifying to represent Egypt in Olympics 2020.
Take away message
Don’t let anyone put a limit to your dreams … shoot for the stars, always!