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Ayaallah Tewfick

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Cairo, EGY
Occupation
Actress, Athlete, Student
Languages
Arabic, English
Higher education
Theatre Studies - American University in Cairo: Egypt

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in swimming in 2006, and began taking the sport seriously in 2010 in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
Her mother recognised she enjoyed swimming, so decided to help her pursue the sport. "Now when I'm in the water I feel I'm like everyone else where I can move freely."
Club / Team
El Shams Club: Egypt
Name of coach
Ayman El-Gendy [national]
Training Regime
She has two swimming sessions a day and three yoga sessions per week.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Egypt

General interest

Hobbies
Theatre, music, acting, modelling. (Instagram profile, 29 Apr 2021, 20 Mar 2020; superkora.football, 30 Jan 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
The coach from her first swimming club, and her family. (aucegypt.edu, 13 Oct 2020; Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no gain. My journey wasn't easy and continues to be challenging, but when a dream is big, the gains are even bigger. There were so many times when I was the youngest, the only girl, or the first to do something, but I never let it get in my way and neither should you. Dream big, always, and keep working till you get there." (cairogyms.com, 23 Sep 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Order of Merit in Egypt. (al-ain.com, 05 Jan 2020)
Milestones
She was the first female Para swimmer to represent Egypt at the Paralympic Games, taking part in the S6 50m freestyle and S6 400m freestyle at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2019)

She became the first Egyptian Para swimmer, male or female, to win a medal at the world championships when she claimed bronze in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Mexico City, Mexico. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Facebook page, 14 Mar 2022)
Impairment
She has spina bifida. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Other information
AMBITIONS
She aspires to pursue a career in acting in Egypt. "I wish I could get into filmmaking, especially acting, and help people with disabilities stand in front of the camera to prove how good they can be as public speakers or directors. We can do anything." (aucegypt.edu, 13 Oct 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2015-07-13 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2015-07-13 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Intermediate Time 2015-07-13 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2015-07-16 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-10 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-13 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-07 4