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Ali Bu Abbas

Ali Bu Abbas

“Firstly I want to graduate from University with a high rating. I also look forward to participating in the World Championships”

 

Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
I am ambitious and a fighter.

Tell us about your education.
I am a first year student.

What is it exactly that you do?
I am a swimmer for Kuwait national team.

What got you interested in what you’re doing?
Reading books.

What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
I trust Allah and I work hard for my dream.

Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
I am the holder of 4 Arab records and 5 GCC records. Also, I participated in the Asian Games and swam in several world competitions. In 2014 I got to the second stage of the world rating for my age group. I have now joined the University swimming team and have competed in the university championship. The main struggle is the lack of sport support.

How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
Each member of my family has supported me from the beginning.

Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
Michael Phelps, Sun Yang and Katie Ledecky, because they have broken most of the world records in swimming

What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
I have faced criticism and injustice but through my strong practice and my insistence, I have got over all of my difficulties.

What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
My father’s advice.

How would your friends describe you?
They always call me Hero Ali.

What are some of your hobbies?
Swimming, reading, writing and running.

What are some of your top achievements?
When I was 15 years old I broke the record for 18 year old and over in a GCC competition in 2015.

What are your plans or goals for the future?
I would like to be one of the swimming members in the Olympics.

How does it feel to have been chosen for this award?
I am so happy and full of gratitude.

Your message for other young and talented people out there.
Keep working for your dreams and do not pay any attention to the critics.

Your favourite quote.
Success depends upon previous preparation. Without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

 

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