It was his very first swimming competition - The 2nd ASUM/NSC/Milo Junior Splash Swim Competition held in Melaka.
Tariq was the youngest competitor in the whole competition. Yet, many said he has inspired everyone there with his never say die spirit.
He jumped into the pool like any other just-turned-five-year-old would - legs in first!
He started with his freestyle strokes and his teammates were cheering for him.
Then it happened.
Half way across the pool, he changed his strokes from freestyle to breaststrokes. That was the sign that he is getting tired. And he slowed down. His movements become slower and slower as the seconds tick.
I hold my breathe. Couldn't move a single bit.
And the cheering slowly died down as we were becoming nervous. Does he have any energy left? Could he finish the race? Will he cry mid way? Will he quit middle of the pool?
Then suddenly Tariq began to make his freestyle strokes again. And the crowd erupted!!
The whole stadium cheered for him.
Go Tariq go!!
You can do it Tariq!!
Tariq!! Tariq!! Tariq!!
Swim Tariq Swim!!
Amongst the chanting and cheering that goes around the stadium.
And as Tariq approaching the finishing line, the crowd became rowdier and the clapping and cheering was amazing.
The moment Tariq hit the timer wall, the crowd erupted in joy!!
It was a moment of joy - shared by everyone there.
The youngest swimmer has shown what it meant to never say die. To keep going when the going got tough.
To never say die. To believe that you can do it. To finish a race.
Tariq didn't win the race but he break his personal best time. He beat himself. His personal best for 50m was 3mins 38 secs. And he did 2mins 23secs.
Well done Tariq! We are all so proud of you Alhamdulillah!!🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊❤️❤️❤️
|Making his way out of the pool after his event|
|Abang Dinish always take care of Tariq and one of his fav thing is to make shark fin out of Tariq's hair |
|On your mark|
|Swimmers listening to their coach attentively for instructions and the what to do and what not to do during competition — at Pusat Akuatik Stadium Hang Jebat.|
|I just learn that we must write our kid's events detail on their arm with a marker pen!|
|All swimmers lined up waiting for their event to be called up to Marshall Room|
|Tariq with Abang Zidane yang loving and osem!|
|Because of his age, Tariq has to be escorted to the pool by his coach. Takut sesat!|
|His grandfather was the first person who introduced Tariq to the amazing world of swimming|
|After team meeting, all in team attire going back to hotel to rest|
|Technical Official checking Tariq's arm to make sure he is at the right event and lane|
|ariq with Gold Medalist for Swimming for Paralympic Games! So inspiring!|
|All ready for his event|
|With his beautiful amazing fantabulous Coach Irene Hisham a day before event|
|Tariq queuing up for his event|
|Coach Irene Hisham giving last minute advice to her swimmers|
|Go Tariq Go!|
|Tariq with Santos|
|We love you Coach Irene Hisham|
|Tariq looking up when I called him|
|He was so small we can see him swinging his legs coz couldn't reach the floor.|
|So calm and collected waiting for his turn to compete|
|Team picture with Santos and Kayden|
|The Official Event Book|
|Getting ready. Next one up|
|Moments before his event was called up|
|My comel champion in his complete set of team attire|
|The fabulous Coach Irene Hisham so proud of Tariq for completing the race|
|Tariq's beloved team mates!|
|Coach Irene Hisham is always there to guide Tariq|
|Tariq is officially the youngest of them all|
|Tariq first official time!|
|Tariq making his dive|
|Some of Tariq's team mates|
|First team meeting before event|
|You build him up Coach Irene Hisham|
|Tariq's Abang Kayden checking his arm to make sure Tariq got the right event written|