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Tunisian swimmer Lajnef makes splash at rowing c’ship
June 15, 2017
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Dubai: Ace swimmer Sarra Lajnef, a Master of International Business student at UOWD, recently switched from swimming to take up another exciting sport – rowing, and struck gold.

Sarra was the first female swimmer to represent Tunisia at the Olympics after qualifying for London 2012. She was hopeful to qualify again for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but due to personal circumstances had to give up her dream.

Driven by her determination, she returned to the sport scene – this time as a rowing champion scooping up the medals one after the other. She recently participated in UAE Rowing National Championships and won a total of seven gold medals during the second and third round of the championships.

Since the final round, which was scheduled to take place in Sharjah, was cancelled due to the weather conditions, Sarra was officially declared the overall winner and 2017 National Champion in the women single scull category.

“I have been swimming since the age of five. I entered a crossroad in my life and decided it was time for a change and found a new passion in rowing”, commented Sarra.

“I am grateful to have had a fulfilling swimming career and my experience as a professional swimmer certainly contributes to my success in rowing”, she added.

She joined the Al Hamriya Sports and Cultural Club in the beginning of the year and considering that she has never picked up a paddle before she beat all odds and is fast becoming one of the region’s rowing sensations.

Whilst she has now set her sights in rowing her way into the 2020 Olympics, she is still an active swimmer and regularly competes in championships on master’s level.

As one of our UOWD Adam Gilchrist Sports Award recipients she finds a balance between her academic and sport life. “It is necessary to do some sort of activity, not necessarily on a professional level but even just as a hobby. Being active keeps your mind and brain healthy”, she said.

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