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Hilal Hemed
Hilal
United Republic of TanzaniaUnited Republic of Tanzania, TAN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 July 1994
Height
176 cm
Weight
60 kg
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven. He took up the sport competitively in 2009 at age 15.
Why this sport?
A teacher at his school discovered his talent for swimming and encouraged him to join the Taliss Swim Club.
Club / Team
Thanyapura [THA] / Taliss Swimming Club [TAN]:
Name of coach
Alex Mwaipasi [Taliss]; Noel Kiunsi [national]

International Debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Tanzania
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Delhi, IND

General Interest

Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He plans to study sports management at a university in the United States of America and also study for a coaching certificate. In the future he aspires to have his own swim club where he can coach young swimmers. (thanyapura.com, 04 Jul 2017)
Other information
SCHOLARSHIP
He was one of 36 athletes from across the world to receive a FINA Scholarship in 2017. The scholarship is designed to help the athletes to qualify and participate at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The scholarship also presented the athletes with an option to train at a FINA-approved training centre in Thailand, United States of America and Senegal. In April 2017 he began a year-long training stint at the Thanyapura training facility in Phuket, Thailand. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017; thecitizen.co.tz, 18 Apr 2017)

FLOODS
He was one of the volunteers that helped rescue stranded people during the floods that hit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in December 2011. He swam through the flooded streets to rescue a young girl and her family who were stranded on their roof. "She was terrified. It was difficult because the water was so dirty, you couldn't see what you were swimming on top of and you didn't want to get cut." (thedailybeast.com, 19 Aug 2016)