AHMED Al Shammari was one of the youngest of 50 participants at the FINA clinic for coaches, which concluded in Doha last Sunday.
The 18-year-old had quit the sport following a heart surgery last year after competing for nearly 10 years for the Al Gharafa Sports Club.
“I was passionate about the sport, but had to stop because of a heart operation last year,” Al Shammari told Doha Stadium Plus. “I want to teach the kids and make them understand how swimming can help them lead a healthy life.”
Al Shammari felt it was high time Qataris took up the sport as a hobby.
“They’re wasting their time at malls and on gadgets while they should be involving themselves in some sports. It’s good for the mind and body,” said Al Shammari, a student at the Al Maha Academy.
Asked about his immediate goal, pat came the reply, “I want to teach schoolchildren. Swimming is a great fitness sport and I don’t understand why Qataris are lagging behind. It’s high time they took up the sport.”
He was all praise of FINA’s technical expert Douglas Eagar.
“He possesses an in-depth knowledge on the sport. Both his theoretical and practical lessons were useful,” Al Shammari added.