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Fresh & Hungry: Faarez Gamieldien

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Faarez Gamieldien is a young swimming star to watch out for, for the future. Currently writing his matric finals we wish him all the very best. Faarez is one who is not shy to hit the grindstone in both academics and sport and this type of dedication and commitment is always rewarded with high levels of success. He is proudly a Cornwall Hill College student. He esteems his selection as part of  Team SA on multiple occasions in the past very highly. Watch as he proves to and inspires our youth that sport and academics can blend with the correct attitude and enough willpower. This is how he describes himself, “I am a very hardworking person who is very determined and persistent when I set a goal for myself. I try to persevere where everyone else has given up. I take every challenge head on, and I also try to take everyone to the top with me. I am a very fun and loving guy, and will stop at nothing to try and cheer someone up. I am always willing to help, and you will always find me with a smile on my face and armed with a silly one line joke”.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Faarez Gamieldien
Date of birth 1st December  1997
Place of birth Cape Town
Current City Pretoria
Height 1,79m
Weight 70kg
Shoe Size 10
Club TUKS
Coach’s Name Emile De Bruin
Out of Country events/ meets Junior African Swimming Championships- Nigeria 2011

Junior African Swimming Championships- Zambia 2013

African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region V Under-20 Youth Games- Zimbabwe 2014

Favorite Movie  Guardians of the Galaxy
School & Grade Cornwall Hill College Grade 12
Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name Facebook: Faarez Gamieldien

Instagram: @faarezz

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INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your ­­­­­­­ ­swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started in swimming and your journey in the swimming arena up to now?

I first started swimming at the age of nine when I competed in my primary school’s interhouse gala. I came third in the 50m backstroke and cried when I found out I was swimming the 100m individual medley: “It’s four laps mommy!” When I was chosen to swim for the school A-team, I decided to train at a swimming club and that is when my swimming career took off.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in swimming and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Having the opportunity to represent South Africa on three occasions are definitely my highest achievements in my swimming career so far.

Q: You have traveled outside SA before, what are you highlights of these travels, and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

Travelling outside of South Africa for swimming has definitely given me a better perspective on things. It has exposed me to different racing and living conditions and has definitely prepared me to race under any conditions.

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Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics / work into your schedule?

It all comes down to commitment, I know what has to be done and I just do it.

Q: What do you do to relax?

Listen to music or chill with my friends if I can.

Q: Which athlete/ athletes inspire you?

Michael Phelps and Cameron van der Burgh

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

“Make it happen”

“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

“Don’t let your dreams be dreams”

Q: When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

I remind myself that there is no one like me but me, and I have to be the best me I can be.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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