Omar Ahmed is special.His hands are close to his body from a congenital deformity called phocomelia.
But this 8 year old boy from Egypt is making a splash.I want to be an international champion and to represent Egypt abroad.
Ahmed pursues his love of swimming in spite of his rare deformity.
At age 7 he started swimming with a coach who specializes in working with disabled children.
Considering the circumstances Omar found himself. He is doing very well.
However his will makes him a champion who will represent Egypt.
The athlete says he wants to compete nationally at first but ultimately as a Paralympian.
To reach his lofty goals, he trains three times a week with his mother cheering poolside.
He is steadfast and strong. He wants to prove to himself that he can do everything; he progresses, likes his coach and listens to him.
With his mom’s support and his coaches’ expertise, Ahmed trains his swimming skills and overall endurance. His mom’s sharing his dreams.
I would like him to win on a national level then compete abroad
I want him to compete in the Olympics one day
Ahmed is an active kid.
His time on the grass helps his stamina in the pool.And this boy determined to overcome a birth defect, says he hopes to compete in an upcoming national swimming championship for disabled athletes like himself.
Arash Arabasadi VOA news