The Refugee Team is for athletes who have run away from their homeland because they lost it, and they want to continue as athletes, but they didn’t have the materials, they didn’t have the support, but the Olympic Committee now is supporting this team. Actually, when I arrived they were all speaking
German, and I was like…the side girl, you know. But actually a girl knew how to speak English, and there were a lot who know a little bit of English. And sometimes I try to speak German, which is not working but I’m still trying. And yeah, we have a connection. I can speak 2 words in German and then 5 words in English, and they’ll understand me. Now I have 10 training (sessions) in the water and 5 on dry land. And I do 2 training (sessions) with the group and 3 alone. Actually sometimes I have to wake up at like 5 a.m. to have extra training. But we are moving really fast, and this is good. She’s really good, she’s mentally really good; she’s in her high-performance level for the race. I think talent is just a small part. It could make the way easier, but it’s more important to be mentally in good shape and to understand what you want to do and what you want to achieve. In the pool she has to get better in the aerobic foundation and in the power foundation we have to work for but the technical foundation is really good
we just have to stabilise it. And outside the pool, she just has to be like she is. I think anything is possible for me because we are working hard; we know what our plan is. And we know what we miss and what we don’t. And here is not like my country, because my country can’t offer all of that, but here they are offering a lot of things and they can support you the right way. And yeah, I think I could
do whatever I want to. You’re an athlete; you don’t think if you’re Syrian or from London or from Germany. You will just think about your race, and you have your lane, your swimming cap, your swimming lesson, that’s it.