HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, successfully completed her first Olympic-distance triathlon, the Hamburg Wasser 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series in Germany, the world’s largest triathlon race.
Commenting on her latest achievement, HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani said on her instagram, “It was the 26th of June, 2011. My baby daughter was a day old. Outside the hospital, the roads were closed as an Ironman race was about to start. From that day I was inspired to one day compete in a triathlon. 10 years later, I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.”
And she continued, “I won’t lie, I felt disappointment because of circumstances beyond anything training could have prepared me for. My feet were numb from the cold for the entire bike race and for most of the run. I felt I could have done better. But that’s the competitor in me, and it’s fuel for my next race.”
She specially mentioned that she is grateful for all the facilities she was able to train in; from the Olympic cycling track, to Aspire Academy, Oxygen Park, 5/6 Park, and the EC recreation center and stadium.
She also expressed her gratitude towards everyone who supported her in her journey. “I’m proud of my achievement. After getting cancelled and then postponed, I wasn’t even sure if I was ever going to race. But it gave me more time to train (and recover from delivering a baby!) and I couldn’t have done it alone. The support I got from my family, friends and coaches gave me the confidence to follow through. From my dad cheering me on after my swim sessions, my mum advising me on which bike to take, my husband’s words of support (and looking after the kids!) and my brother making sure my experience will forever be preserved. And of course, my cheerleaders, sisters and the biggest motivation I had on that day. All of this made my experience that more special.” she added.
Concluding her post, she dedicated special thanks to the Arab volunteers throughout the race who kept cheering her on whenever they saw the flag on her arm.
Source and cover image credit: H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani