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THE FINA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME AT THANYAPURA

Thanyapura Sports & Health Resort currently trains athletes from around South East Asia under the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) scholarship programme, and has been a fully certified FINA training centre since 2015. FINA has been providing scholarships for athletes and young athletes since 2014. With a ‘focus on the athlete’, the FINA training programme at Thanyapura is run under the guidance of experienced Head Coach Miguel Lopez.

Founded in 1908 at the London Olympics, FINA’s initial goal was to establish unified rules for swimming, diving and water polo; to verify world records and establish an updated world records list; and to manage swimming competitions at the Olympics. A century later, FINA is dedicated to offering the Aquatics disciplines at all levels throughout the world regardless of age, gender or race, and promoting international relations through a shared love for sport.

Head Coach Miguel Lopez has been working with a number of FINA scholarship athletes since Thanyapura became a certified training ground in 2015. Miguel is originally from the Spanish Canary Islands and has more than 20 years experience as an elite swimming coach. He has worked with sixteen Olympic swimmers and three Paralympics champions, spanning six different Olympics and Paralympics games to date, and his swimmers have broken over ten world records and two hundred national records under his guidance.

When asked him about his swimmers, Miguel replied back, “We’ve all become very close. I feel about them as I think I would feel about my children. Which means I treat them like people I care enough that I won’t tell them what they want to hear. But what I think it’s the best for them, which sometimes they don’t like but they end up appreciating,”.

MIGUEL LOPEZ

“The program has helped develop a training culture in their countries, as well as a very healthy rivalry among them as they bond and compete at the same time.” Said by Coach Miguel

AboBakr Abass

(Sudan)

Abobakr has competed in Singapore in 2019 and at the World Championships in 2018. He is the fastest swimmer in his country, but there are currently no suitable facilities to provide adequate training for him there, which is why he joined the FINA programme. He finds the facilities available at Thanyapura amazing. His goal is to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Ammara Pinto

(Malawi)

After competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and the 2012 Youth Commonwealth Games on the Isle of Man, Ammara has competed in the FINA Championships every year since 2015. She also took part in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. She was recommended to join FINA by her federation, as she was the fastest female swimmer in her country. She feels honoured to be one of very few swimmers across the world to be on the programme and represent her country, and enjoys training at Thanyapura.
Ayman Klzie

(Syria)

Ayman holds the national record for 200m Butterfly, which he won at the World Championships in Budapest and in Gwangju. He applied for the FINA programme after gaining a reputation as the fastest swimmer in Syria. He feels grateful and honoured to be a part of the FINA scholarship program, and finds the training atmosphere at Thanyapura very friendly. He would like to someday share his skills as Head Coach for the Syrian National Swim Team.
Edgar Iro

(Solomon Islands)

Edgar has seen recent success in his swimming by continuing to break his own personal bests with each consecutive competition he takes part in. He joined the FINA programme thanks to his coach, who recognised his talent in the water. He feels that training at Thanyapura has been truly life-changing for him, and hopes to one day be a Gold medalist for his country.
Finau Ohuafi

(Tongo)

Finau has been breaking his own personal bests recently, along with Tongan national records. He was made aware of the FINA programme after being recognised as the fastest swimmer in his country. He finds training at Thanyapura a new and amazing experience for him, especially working with such an elite coach. He hopes to become a coach himself one day.
Kinley Lhendup

(Bhutan)

Kinley is a gifted swimmer, and joined the FINA programme thanks to the Bhutan Olympic Committee who recognised his talent. He finds the training at Thanyapura amazing, feels lucky to be part of the FINA scholarship programme. He hopes it will help him to become an even better competitive swimmer in the future.
Noah Vilisoni-Heather

(Cook Islands)

Noah trains hard in order to become the best version of himself. His talent was recognised in his country when his national federation reached out to him to encourage him to apply for a FINA scholarship. He feels that training at Thanyapura has not only helped his swimming technique, but also his interpersonal skills. He loves training with other athletes from different cultures and learning from one another, and hopes to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Nur Haziq Samil

(Brunei)

Nur recently took part in the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires in 2018, where he broke his own personal bests. He feels that the FINA programme will change the next chapter of his life by enabling him to pursue his goals of competing in the World Championships and, eventually, the Olympic Games. He feels both grateful and honoured to train at Thanyapura.
Omar Abbass

(Syria)

Omar is a passionate swimmer who joined the FINA scholarship programme due to a lack of opportunity in his home country. He finds the level of support incredibly helpful when training at Thanyapura, and hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Sajan Prakash

(India)

Sajan finished 5th at the Asian Games in 2018 in Butterfly. Due to his talent, his national federation encouraged him to apply for a FINA scholarship. He is passionate about swimming and keen to learn from his mistakes. He enjoys training at Thanyapura and being able to connect with different people from around the world. He hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Sangay Tenzin

(Bhutan)

 
Omar is a passionate swimmer who joined the FINA scholarship programme due to a lack of opportunity in his home country. He finds the level of support incredibly helpful when training at Thanyapura, and hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Tasi Limtiaco

(Federated States of Micronesia)

Tasi recently took part in the Singapore Championships. He was made aware of the FINA scholarship programme by his federation, and finds training at Thanyapura awesome. Due to the facilities and supportive people around him, he finds that he can take his swimming to a different level. He feels at home in the water, and hopes to pioneer a path for future generations of island swimmers in order to give them better opportunities.