59 minutes | May 5, 2021

Sameera Al Bitar: Breaking triathlon barriers in Bahrain

Bahraini athlete Sameera Al Bitar represented Bahrain in swimming at two Olympic games, before switching to triathlon. Sameera faced a number of barriers when she was growing up as a young female swimmer in Bahrain. But as triathlon continues to grow in popularity in the Gulf, Sameera's confident that the hiccups she faced will help future generations. You'll hear: 10:48 Sameera talks about starting swimming at the age of 6, when she was a child in Jordan and going on to represent Bahrain in swimming at two Olympics and going to the Olympics through the wildcard system13:38 Some of the struggles that Sameera faced 20 years ago when she faced some criticism for swimming and the swimming attire. "I had a few hiccups along the way, but this has helped the new generation."23:36 Why Sameera believes triathlon has exploded in popularity in Bahrain27:00 How she got into triathlon from her swimming background31:13 What barriers women in Bahrain face if they want to do a triathlon38:50 Why she thinks Bahrain is an example in the wider region for the growth of triathlon42:30 The difference between wild card qualification and qualification for the Olympics and if you feel like you have imposter syndrome when you haven't qualified52:35 what does it mean to be an Arab endurance athleteFind out more about this week's guests Sameera Al Bitar InstagramLike what you heard?Let me know! Connect with Inside Tri Show across Social Media, just search Inside Tri Show or click on the icons belowGET YOUR HANDS ON AN EXCLUSIVE EPISODE!Sign up to be a vino buddy or a training buddy on Patreon and get your hands on the latest patrons-only exclusive episode, including a full interview with Luke Grenfell Shaw and a blast from the past - the first ever interview I did with Chrissie Wellington back in 2009! You can still support me and support the show by clicking here to buy me a coffee every so often by becoming a Patron of the Inside Tri Show.Sponsors of the showLong Range Fuel are phenomenally tasty nut butters from Resilient Nutrition, enhanced by cutting edge science, to boost your stamina, keep you calm and alert and bolster your resilience. Get 10% off by using the code insidetri10 or go direct via this link.Supporters of the show33 Fuel – natural and very yummy sports nutrition. For your chance to win 3 months supply of award winning 33 Fuel Ultimate Daily Greens, enter the draw by clicking on this link. And as always, use the code INSIDETRI33 for a discount at checkout at www.33fuel.com.Komfuel - Like a pic' n mix of sports nutrition through your letterbox! Listeners can get 20% off all orders or advance sweat tests using the code: INSIDETRI at www.komfuel.co.ukFind out more about HelenHead over to Helen's website to find out more about herThis podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy
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