Skip to main content

UOWD Olympic hopeful Sarra Lajnef swims to success in the run up to Rio 2016

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) postgraduate student Sarra Lajnef is two steps closer to her dream of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics recently after winning gold and silver at a prestigious international swim meet held in Portugal recently.

The Tunisian swimmer, who is one of this year’s UOWD Adam Gilchrist Sports Award recipients, represented local UAE club Al Nasr when she competed against a record number of swimmers at the VII Meeting Internacional da Povoa de Varzim to scoop first place in the women’s 200m Individual Medley event and second place in the women’s 200m Breaststroke, with times of 2:23.96 and 2:40.73 respectively.

Commenting on her success, Lajnef remarked: “My times are getting closer to Olympic qualifying times and I’m extremely satisfied with the results of the competition. I’m ready to get back to training to work on my weaknesses to get those Olympic cuts soon!”

Sarra has been a keen swimmer since the age of five and was the first female swimmer to represent Tunisia at the Olympics after qualifying for London 2012.  She currently balances a rigorous training schedule with studying for a Masters of International Business degree at UOWD.

“It’s not always easy to balance the training with the study but I’m up for the challenge. The teachers and administration at UOWD has been very supportive and comprehensive, offering a lot of help and encouragement” the swimmer adds.

Lajnef is now travelling to Italy for a ten day training camp, followed by another ten day camp in France. She will compete at a second international competition in Athens from 4 – 6th March 2016. 


UOWD in the news

Bodour Al Qasimi promotes Mohammed Al Musharrakh to CEO of ‘Invest in Sharjah’

By Gulf Today, Gulf News, Total UAE

Mohammed Juma Al Musharrakh had been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah). More...

UOWD hosts inaugural Middle East CASE Conference

By Yahind

Conference supports advancement of education in the region through shared insights and knowledge. More...

Indian Billionaire B. R. Shetty Is Now Venturing Into Higher Education

By Dubai Forum, Wealth-X

After building a healthcare empire in the U.A.E., Abu Dhabi-based Indian billionaire B. R. Shetty is entering the region’s lucrative higher education sector. More...

Sarra scoops multiple honours in rowing and swimming

By Khaleej Times, The Middle East North Africa Financial Network

Rising sporting star Sarra Lajnef continues to excel in rowing and swimming championships in the region. More...

Dubai Electronic Security Center Receives Overwhelming Interest From Regional and Global Universities For The AED 700,000 ‘Innovation In Cyber Security Award' Competition

By Dubai PR Network, Total UAE, The Middle East North Africa Financial Network

Call for submission for the ‘Innovation In Cyber Security Award’ has earned overwhelming response from regional and global universities. More...

UOWD logistics students tour Jebel Ali Port in Dubai

By Arabian Industry, Dubai Forum

The Master of Science in Logistics at UOWD has been running in the UAE for the last 10 years and is one of the region’s most popular postgraduate courses. More...

Career focus need not stymie personal advancement

By Gulf News Smart Edition

Commitment to study runs deep in employed aspirants, experts say. More...

Most postgraduate students are working people

By Gulf News,

Most of the postgraduate students in the UAE are working people, said universities in the UAE. More...

Chairman Of Dubai-Based University Awarded Order Of Australia

By UAE Today, YaHind, Dubai Forum, Dubai Informer, Go Dubai

Peter Robson, Chairman of the University of Wollongong in Dubai’s, UOWD, Board, has been awarded the Order of Australia, OA. More...

9th Sustainable Development & Inclusive Growth Congress discusses ways to achieve global sustainability

By Go Dubai

Congress focused on the need to follow the principles of sustainable development and inclusive growth to meet global challenges and global sustainability More...

Copyright © 2018 University of Wollongong in Dubai   | Privacy | Disclaimer | Site map