The Underdog Team : Inspirational Story as a Parent


Last weekend Tariq closed his Swimming 2019 Calendar with a bang, alhamdulillah!! 💫🌟🔥🌟⭐💫

He won a Silver Medal in a State Level Swimming Championship ‘Podium Talent Swimming Championship 2019’!! 🥰🥰🏅🏅🏅💕💕💕


It was a 4 x 50m Medley Relay and Tariq was positioned as the first swimmer doing Backstroke, one of his best strokes Alhamdulillah🤩🤩🤩

His comrades were Turgeshvar Kumarason doing Breastroke, Abraham Santhosh George doing Butterfly and final swimmer was Keegan Sta Maria doing Freestyle!🏊🏊🏊🏊

All of them swam their heart out doing perfect strokes mashaAllah earning their team the Silver Medal.🥈🥈🥈

Tariq as the first swimmer leaped into the pool and as he took his first stroke, the crowd started screaming and cheering.🎉🎉🎉

His Flying Eagle Swimming Club team mates, Coaches and Parents went berserk as Tariq started to overtake one swimmer after another!!

It was such a euphoria in the Aquatic Stadium!

And by around 30m across the pool, Tariq’s backstrokes has already created a good gap giving his next team mate, Turgesh an advantage over the other teams. Turgesh with his breast strokes extended the gap further and the third swimmer Santhosh did the perfect Butterfly strokes. And finally Keegan their final team member dashed with his freestyle across the pool to secure the team their Silver Medal, MashaAllah!!

Words cannot described the happiness we as Coaches and Parents feel at that moment. Being the underdogs, Tariq and his teammates  conquered their fear, got into their ‘override mode’ and swam beyond their very best!!

MashaAllah TabarakAllah!!

Well done boys!!! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🤩🤩🤩

And to our dearest dearest dearest Tariq, your determination, dedication, hardwork, persistency, grit and willpower has paid off, alhamdulillah mashaAllah TabarakAllah!! 😍😍😍

Mama and Baba are so so so proud of you sayang😘😘😘

Special thanks to all his Coaches especially the amazing Coach Irene Hisham and Coach Abie Coco!! You guys are the best!!🤩🤩🤩

Tariq with his Silver Medal. A calm smile hiding the extremely happy feelings MashaAllah!🥰🥰

Tariq’s winning team with their amazing and super proud and happy Coach Irene right after their wining swim!! Look at the boys happy and satisfied faces!🤩🤩🤩🤩

Mama so so proud of you sayang!

A very proud Coach Abie Coco 😍

Yes, this is a worthy win and medal that you can be proud of!!😘🤩🤩🤩

Tariq going off for his event.. all the best sayang!🥰

Tariq, Turgesh, Santhosh and Keegan getting their pep-talk just before their event from the awesome Coach Irene!

High-5 all around!! Good luck boys!!

Tariq getting ready to jump into the pool as the first swimmer doing Backstroke for his team. Behind Tariq is Santhosh, his team’s 3rd swimmer doing Butterfly.

Tariq and Keegan! Both only 8 and 7 years old!!

Tariq with proud Coach Ajex! 🥰

Fooling around with some of his swimming brothers!

Tariq and Santhosh. 8 and 10 years old. They start to learn to swim together from the baby pool. And now their are winning medal, MashaAllah!!

Uncle Raj making Tariq and Santhosh feel like celebrities after their win!!😂🤩

The winning team with their super happy mummies and aunty! Behind me is Keegan’s mum and beside her is Zharif’s mum, one of the swimmer’s mum

Coach Irene’s extremely happy and pleased face! She was so proud of Tariq’s Backstrokes which was technically perfect and fast strokes!! Well done sayang!! 🤩🥰🥰🥰 Alhamdulillah!!

We love you Coach Irene!!! 😘😘😘

Tariq came from behind..

... and start to overtake other swimmers

... and extending his gap giving a comfortable lead for his team Alhamdulillah!💕💕💕

Tariq’s Backstrokes swim.. he is in Lane 4.. thats the 4th lane from where the camera is.. Tariq started to overtake other swimmers around 20m into the swim..🤩🤩🤩


Video is recorded by Coach Nana Cece as Mama too nervous to hold the camera. Thanks Nana!

Full video of Tariq’s Winning Team with all the 4 swimmers