Feeling ‘more alive’ under water

2018-05-29 06:00
Sabrina Otto

Sabrina Otto

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“I dare not skip practice with my coach,” says Sabrina Otto, a Grade 10 learner at Bergvliet High School, talking about her success at a synchronised swimming competition held in Port Elizabeth earlier this month.

“The only way to succeed at a sport like this is to work hard, then work harder and then work even harder,” she adds.

Sabrina won two gold medals in the 2018 Level 3 National Synchronised Swimming Competition.

She describes her experience at the competition as a phenomenal one.

For Sabrina, the feeling of exhilaration and adrenaline rush one gets when diving and swimming is what makes her feel more alive. She says she can hardly believes she enjoys it so much, because it is expected to be difficult for humans to breathe underwater, but for her “it feels like I am most alive when swimming”.

“My synchronised swimming allows me to join the two things I love most – swimming and music.”

She says participating in a synchronised swimming competition has been life changing for her because it helped her change from being a shy and quiet girl to being a confident and sporty young person. She says it has also given her opportunities to shine outside of school, allowing her to make connections with athletes that share her interests from across South Africa.

“The success that has come with participating in this sport has meant everything to me. It makes me think I have found myself a second family in the swimming team. This is because in synchronised swimming you spend a lot of time together, especially when travelling to competitions. Apart from being a teamworker you also need to be confident in yourself as well as your teammates.”

Sabrina says her growing love for swimming has made it hard for her to choose a perfect career as she is struggling to choose between studying Marine Biology and Chartered Accounting after matric.

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