‘I hope to inspire more youngsters’

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SWIMMER Nada Mohammed Wafa Arakji, who made history by finding her place among Qatar’s first-ever women Olympians when she took part at the 2012 London Games, is now looking forward to the quadrennial event’s Rio edition in August.

Nada, who recently graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, is preparing in earnest at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

The 22-year-old, who will try her luck in 200M freestyle and 100M butterfly at Rio, is keen on achieving her personal best.

How’s the London experience going to help you at Rio?

My experience at London will be of great help. I’ve seen what an Olympics is like. I’ve an idea of what the atmosphere will be like in Rio. I want to give my all and get a personal-best time. With all the training I’ve done, I hope I’ll be able to do that.

What’s the message you give to aspiring children…

I hope to inspire more youngsters, especially women, to take up sports. I encourage all girls out there to not be afraid and take risks, be it in sports, education or other fields. They should be confident and do what they love.

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