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showing its full support. It stands firmly behind me,but what I'm really looking forward to is what's tocome in the future. What are your targets for London 2012, shouldyou qualify for the Olympic Games?At the moment I am doing everything I can to get toLondon 2012. I've had a lot of injuries over the pastfew years. I have only been training full-time for fivemonths after only being able to do swimming fornearly four months. I just need to train injury free forat least 12 months to be at the top of my game. So, for now, everything is going to plan! How would you feel about competing in suchiconic surroundings as London's Hyde Park?I haven't raced in London, but I actually love to racein places I haven't been to yet, so I'm excited! How difficult will it be to stop the Brownleebrothers dominating at the 2012 Olympic Games?To stop them will be virtually impossible, but it's anOlympic Games, not your normal race, and I'm sureyou will see some unexpected people running for the podium. How do you communicate with fans, friends andfamily? Do you use social media?I'm not a big fan of micro-blogging. People are selling their whole life nowadays; they won't eat ordrink something before putting a picture on there. I use social networks now and then to stay up to date and that's it. What motivates you?I want success, that's what drives me. My mother gaveher whole life to her kids and now she has nothing, so I want to give her something back. She is alwayshappy -her family is what gives her life meaning.prepared the best I can. I want to go into the raceconfidently and perform to the best of my ability. I also hope to have a lot of fun in the processbecause, at the end of the day, everyone is there towin and not everyone can. It is important that we all take something positive from the experience,regardless of whether we win the gold medal or not. What excites you most about the chance tocompete at the Olympic Games in London?In primary school, when the Olympic Games wereon, we had whole weeks dedicated to beingimmersed in everything Olympic. We learnt thehistory of the Olympic Games and we were taughtthat they are a way of unifying the world and puttingpeople from every walk of life on an equal platform,to be compared by nothing other than sportingability. I am excited to become a part of this historyand being able to contribute to something thatmakes our world stronger. Also, to be in the companyof the greatest athletes from all over the world willbe an honour.Who were your Olympic heroes when you were younger?New Zealand athletes Sarah Ulmer (cycling) and theEvers-Swindell twins (rowing). Although neithercompeted in sports that I loved, they were still greatrole models and amazing women.How do you communicate with fans, friends andfamily? Do you use social media?Social networks are my main way of communicatingwith friends. When I am away I call my family on thecomputer. I do have a blog but I am not very good atupdating it. I am investigating getting a website too.62OLYMPIC REVIEWOLYMPIC SOLIDARITYHow did you first get into triathlon?I was quite good at swimming back in primaryschool, but during winter there was no swimming so Istarted doing cycling races when I got to high school.I'd done athletics all my life, so I just put it alltogether in 2007. I started with some youth racesand it just went from there. How has the Olympic Solidarity programme helpedyou get where you are today?It makes a huge difference. The support I got fromOlympic Solidarity for the 2010 Youth Olympic Gamesmade all the difference. I had no funding to get myselfrace-ready, for training or equipment, but they camein and gave me tremendous support. What is a typical training week for you at the moment?Anything from 15-20 hours per week, with a lot of highintensity sessions. I can't cope with doing long, slowstuff, so I do what I need to and that's it, nothing more. How much support do you feel you get from yourcountry and compatriots?My country has been doing a lot for me lately,full-time and has a lot of content and class time so Ido find it quite hard. I try to keep a good routine anduse all my spare time wisely - which doesn't alwayswork! This year my studies seem to have been thelower priority and I have had to miss some classesdue to training and racing. However, right now I amin the lead-up to my end-of-year exams, so traininghas to move a little further down the priority list.What are your targets for 2012 in London?Now that New Zealand and Australia have qualified, I have to make the Oceania Continental spot inFebruary, but as the Cook Islands was the only otherOceania country at the World Championships, Ishould earn the spot. After my exams in October, I will be taking a year off university to train full-time.All I can ask of myself is to do my best. I want tohave a really good build-up and feel like I haveINTERVIEWABRAHMLOUWAFTER FINISHING FIFTH AT THE INAUGURAL YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES IN SINGAPORE, NAMIBIA'S AFRICAN U23TRIATHLON CHAMPION IS HOPING TO ENJOY ANOTHER OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE IN LONDON IN 2012

OLYMPIC REVIEW63OLYMPIC SOLIDARITYHow has the Olympic Solidarity programme helped you?The programme helps me a lot. I was having financialtroubles and unable to cover the expenditures ofcompeting in this sport at the level required. I wasunable to travel to the overseas camps that would helpme improve, but with the Solidarity programme I havebeen able to practise regardless of financial problemsand it has allowed me to focus completely on my sport. So it has effectively allowed you to continue chasing your dream?It's always been my dream to represent Jordan and tryto win medals for my country on the internationalstage. I really want to win Jordan's first Olympic medaland the Olympic Solidarity programme has allowed me to follow my dream.Is taekwondo a popular sport in Jordan?Over the past few years it has become the mostpopular individual sport here. I think this is because wehave been successful in winning medals internationally,which has meant more publicity and attracted moreyoung people into the sport.How hard is it to grow up as an ambitioustaekwondo player in Jordan? Taekwondo needs equipment and adequate facilitiesbut in Jordan there are a lot more opportunities than in most countries. It is hard though and in order tosucceed you have to be passionate about it. My mainpoint to get across is that we do this sport for love and not money.You competed in the first Youth Olympic Games inSingapore and also the Asian Games in Guangzhou.How did that come about?I was chosen to compete in these two events becauseof my achievements and they have given metremendous experience. I won silver at both; however,now I am focused firstly on trying to qualify for London2012 and then hopefully winning a medal. How do you maintain your motivation?I love taekwondo. My motivation is the Jordanian flagand trying to do my best to bring home success to the Jordanian people.How did you get started in taekwondo?I started through my school when my teacher advisedme to take up kickboxing. After one month I triedtaekwondo and took to it straight away. At the age ofnine I practised taekwondo intensively and won manylocal championships despite my age. After that I broke into the national team.What are the main attributes needed to be asuccessful taekwondo player?There are various qualities you need such as speed,but the most important thing are your reactionsbecause they allow you to expect the move of yourcompetitor and decide when you should attack.What is your training programme like?I train with both boys and girls and prefer to train withboys because they have the strategies and techniquethat I need to improve. Normally I train twice a day - inthe morning for technique and in the afternoon I go tothe gym. After training I sometimes do aerobics.Have you set yourself any targets for the Games in London in 2012?I hope to qualify for London first and then I will fight towin a gold medal - Jordan's first.Who was your Olympic hero or role model when you were growing up?Turkey's Servet Tazegül, a three-time world champion,has been my hero since I was young. He's the best. How do you communicate with fans, friends andfamily? Do you use social media?Fans have set up four groups on social networks forme and I also have my own account, which I updateregularly. I respond to fans' questions on the groups by checking them twice a day. I also share videos andpictures. I use micro-blogging as well. Social media is important and a modern way to allow family, friendsand fans to keep up to date with my progress; it is so easy to use.INTERVIEWDANA HAIDER TOURANAFTER SILVER MEDALS AT THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE ASIAN GAMES,JORDAN'S RISING TAEKWONDO STAR IS HOPING HER OLYMPIC SOLIDARITYSCHOLARSHIP WILL LEAD TO FURTHER SUCCESS AT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES