The last time I was at an Asian Championship (outdoor) was in June 2015, in Wuhan, China, for its 21st edition. I was there as an athlete competing in the 100m Hurdles. Today, I’m at the 23rd Asian Championship in Doha, Qatar, and this time I’m covering it through my camera lens and mobile phone.
My life in track and field was pretty simple: I was a student at Champville, I was discovered by the first female athlete to participate at the Olympic Games: Arda Kalpalkian, I started training with Elie Saade at the age of 12 and spend 11 years training with the same person who has been more than a coach to me, he was my mentor.
I am now 23 and at the end of the 2017 season I took the hardest decision of my life, to face my mentor and tell him that I want to train with another coach. It wasn’t easy for him and definitely not for myself. It was hard because I had to put my feelings aside and do what is best for my career as an athlete. Continue reading
Salwa Eid Naser. This name takes me back to the Youth Olympic Games in 2014, where I was an IOC Young Reporter. I remember standing in the mixed zone, watching the Bahraini youth athlete crossing the finish line in second place and winning the first Youth Olympic medal for Bahrain.
When she finished her race, she bowed, her head to the ground. She was wearing a track body suit which reminded me of Cathy Freeman in Sydney 2000. When she approached the mixed zone, I tried to speak to her in Arabic, but obviously, she didn’t understand, therefore I continued in English. Continue reading
The 8th edition of the Francophone Games were held in Abidjan, Ivory Costs. This was my third Francophone experience.
The first time it was held in Beirut back in 2009, where we had a two months of training camp at the Lebanese University but one day prior to the competition, I was informed that I couldn’t compete because I was only 15. I made lifetime friends like Manal Tayyar, Aziza Sbeity, Michel Zeinaty, Sara Awaly, Ramzi Naim and all the athletes became more close to one another.
13 Feb. 2017 – Sometimes you got this choking feeling that comes from people that surrounds you, work maybe or routine, and you just need to go away, escape your society and enjoy some time of freedom discovering new places far from home, far from the routine and the familiar faces.
Last year it happened that I was in Norway and found an indoor competition here. Therefore, this year I decided to come again accompanied by two juniors athletes Lea Obeid and Peter Khoury who never ran indoors before. We competed all three together in the Tyrving Athletics Championship in Bærum, located at 30min from Oslo.
September 2016 / December 2016 – Since I was 12, I used to do a lot of research about the Olympic Games, athletics and Olympians such as Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner Kersse, Heike Drechsler, Mickael Johson, Flo Jo and the stars of the 1980’s. The passion for sports was born in me 10 years ago.
At the age of 16, I had my own website about Lebanese athletics called “The Track and Field Society”. A project that was an open door for unique opportunities such as taking part in the IOC Young Reporters program. An experience that changed my life upside down. I will share it with you later on.
11 to 25 June 2016 – I wanted to start my personal blog by sharing this unique experience at the International Olympic Academy.
11 June 2016, on my 22nd birthday, I took off to Greece, not knowing what to expect from the 56th Young Participants session. Carolina Cambella, my friend from the IOC Young Reporters program who represented Argentina in the previous session, told me that it will be an amazing experience and that I will enjoy it a lot! Continue reading