Doha, Qatar: Aspire Academy can be proud of its contribution as Qatar finished sixth at the recent 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Japan. Qatar, made up mostly of Aspire Academy graduates and current student-athletes, snatched three gold and three silver medals at the championship where 437 athletes representing 35 countries fought for glory.
Seven Aspire Academy athletes participated in the championship and brought home six medals.
Two of them — Muhand Saifeldin and Nuh Andu have already graduated. Saifeldin won two gold — in 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase, while Andu won a silver in high jump after clearing an impressive 2.14m on the final day of the competition.
Current student-athletes also showed remarkable promise to came up with a world junior qualification standard and new personal bests.
Student-athlete Moaaz Mohamed Saber Ibrahim, who will graduate this month, won gold in shot put (18.57m) and silver in discus throw (61.50m). Qatar’s other silver medal was secured by teammate Bassem Hemeida in 400m hurdles (50.55sec).
Other Aspire Academy student-athletes representing the national team included Saoud Abdulaziz Al Humaidi, who came fourth in 110m hurdles (13.85), Owaab Barrow, who clocked 13.89sec in the same event for a World Junior Qualifying Standard, and Rashid Abdulla R Al Suwaidi, who recorded 7.12m in long jump.
Commenting on the athletes’ achievements, Tom Crick, Head of Athletics at Aspire Academy, said: “We’re very proud of our young athletes for their great results at the Championships. The competition element of Aspire Academy’s training programme is not only helpful for the athletes’ continued performance development, it also allows them to gain experience and become accustomed to the challenges and demands of travel, performing in unfamiliar environments, weather conditions and adapting to different cultures.”
He added: “Our success in Aspire Academy is reflected in the placement of Aspire’s student-athletes, past and present, on Qatar senior national teams. The Sports Department at Aspire Academy is responsible for the comprehensive athletic development of all Aspire Academy’s student-athletes, and it aims to prepare young athletes by focusing on their technical, tactical, physical, psychological and behavioural development. The results we’ve seen at the Championships attest to the hard efforts of everyone involved.”