AGE 15 | Egypt
Ramy is a semi-pro Modern Pentathlon athlete competing nationally in Egypt. Ramy enjoys swimming, as well as fencing and shooting is currently training to qualify for national competitions.
Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up, where did you see yourself when you were younger and where you see yourself in the future?
I was born in Egypt and I once wanted to be a teacher, now I can see myself being an athlete and achieving championships.
When did you start playing sports?
I started 2008 to improve my spirits and to feel better. While I was going through Water Treatment Therapy, I started to swim in my own without being coached in the water. My coach was always outside the pool.
"Just because I was disabled it didn’t mean I couldn’t do what I wanted..."
Why did you want to start playing sports?
It was my mother’s choice.
What was your biggest challenge to get into the sport?
It was not so difficult to practice swimming. I made a decision that just because I was disabled it didn’t mean I couldn’t do what I wanted, I decided I could do anything. It was an internal challenge and I wanted to prove to others that I can do it.
How did you overcome that challenge?
I followed my coach’s instruction and I used to watch video tapes of every stroke to be able to pick up the style and proper technique.
How has your participation in the sport affected you as a person?
Before I got into sports I was almost not moving at all. I was stuck to the chair. I started to move around when I started to playing sports instead of sitting around all the time and not doing anything.
If there was one thing you could change in the sport or people’s perception what would it be?
I believe I can change how people see disability and prove that disabilities are not only physically, but also mentally and how individuals thinks. I am not disabled as long as I can move around and do anything I need to do. There are a lot of things I can do that a a non-disabled individual can’t do.
"I am not disabled as long as I can move around and do anything I need to do. There are a lot of things I can do that a a non-disabled individual can’t do."