Upper row, l-r: Matteo Franceshi, Alberto Natali, Emanuele Natali; Lower Row, l-r: Maisie Gilford, Georgia Twig

Doha College Swimmers Return to FINA 2018

Five Doha College students have recently competed at FINA Swimming World Cup 2018, held in Doha at the Hamad Aquatic Centre. Four of them had swam in the competition last year as well, and it was a different experience this time around, having on their side the familiarity of the setting and of the world-class athletes surrounding them.

The students that participated this year were Georgia Twigg (Year 10), Maisie Gilford (Year 10), Matteo Franceschi (Year 11), and brothers Emanuele (Year 11) and Alberto Natali (Year 13).

Here, some of them share their impressions with us:

This year’s FINA World Cup was an amazing opportunity for me because it gave me the opportunity to watch and even swim with professional-leveled swimmers. This gave me a new goal to strive for and it helped me see what my future could possibly look like. It was a great way to meet professional swimmers and, most importantly, to have fun.
Emanuele Natali
Competing next to Olympic champions and seeing first-hand their preparations and warm-ups, has really inspired me to work harder and improve my technique, in and out of the pool. I also gained lots of confidence from the experience.
Maisie Gilford
It was a great experience swimming with high-tier athletes and seeing what their hard work has achieved. I participated in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. Even though it was my third time participating in this yearly event, I was still proud to participate along with my younger brother Emanuele Natali. Even though it was a three day event, my parents came to see all of our races and they were very proud of us. Overall it was a fantastic experience that I will never forget.
Alberto Natali

These young people train for an astonishing two hours every day, as well as keeping on top of their school commitments, and they do so with an inspiring attitude. Their determination to stay fit, in body and mind, coupled with a dose of competitiveness, will take them far down the road of personal development, and will set them as fine examples to the rest of our students.

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