THE FINA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME AT THANYAPURA

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort currently trains athletes from around South East Asia under the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) scholarship programme, and has been a fully certified FINA training centre since 2015. FINA has been providing scholarships for athletes and young athletes since 2014. With a ‘focus on the athlete’, the FINA training programme at Thanyapura is run under the guidance of experienced Head Coach Miguel Lopez.

Founded in 1908 at the London Olympics, FINA’s initial goal was to establish unified rules for swimming, diving and water polo; to verify world records and establish an updated world records list; and to manage swimming competitions at the Olympics. A century later, FINA is dedicated to offering the Aquatics disciplines at all levels throughout the world regardless of age, gender or race, and promoting international relations through a shared love for sport.

Head Coach Miguel Lopez has been working with a number of FINA scholarship athletes since Thanyapura became a certified training ground in 2015. Miguel is originally from the Spanish Canary Islands and has more than 20 years experience as an elite swimming coach. He has worked with sixteen Olympic swimmers and three Paralympics champions, spanning six different Olympics and Paralympics games to date, and his swimmers have broken over ten world records and two hundred national records under his guidance.

When asked him about his swimmers, Miguel replied back, “We’ve all become very close. I feel about them as I think I would feel about my children. Which means I treat them like people I care enough that I won’t tell them what they want to hear. But what I think it’s the best for them, which sometimes they don’t like but they end up appreciating,”.

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MIGUEL LOPEZ

“The program has helped develop a training culture in their countries, as well as a very healthy rivalry among them as they bond and compete at the same time.” Said by Coach Miguel

  • Sajan Prakash                          India
  • Pak Mi Song                            North Korea
  • Ayman Klzie                             Seria
  • Ammara Pinto                         Malawi
  • Irankunda Isihaka                    Rwanda
  • Noah Vilisoni-Heather              Cook Islands
  • Nomena Andrianirina             Madagascar
  • Cheratha De Silva                  Sri Lanka

Sajan Prakash, 23, is from Kerala, India. Sajan started swimming at the age of six. He inherited the spirit of competition from his mother, a professional athletics competitor and main supporter of his success. His foray into swimming started when he tried several different sports. When he discovered he had a flat foot that prevented him from pursuing athletics, he turned to swimming. Winning state and national competitions motivated him to pursue swimming at the professional level while he trained in Bangalore with the national coach. He broke three national records during his career. Sajan attended Annamalai University and completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications. He aims to work as a swim coach to help raise swimming standards in India.

SAGOR RAHMAN

Mohammad Mahfizur Rahman is a 23-year old swimmer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been swimming since he was 8 years old. He currently trains at Thanyapura as part of the FINA scholarship programme, and has set a number of national records for his country. His current goal is to prepare and qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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CHERANTHA DE SILVA

Cherantha de Silva is a 20-year old swimmer from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has been swimming since the age of 4. He is seen as the country’s top swimmer and was offered a FINA scholarship to train in Thailand in 2015. He competed in six competitions in 2016 alone, winning 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. His goal is to be the first Sri Lankan swimmer ever to qualify for the Olympics – which he hopes to do in 2020 in Tokyo.

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AYMAN KLZIE

Ayman Klzie is a talented 23-year old swimmer from Aleppo, Syria, and started swimming at the age of 7. He received a FINA scholarship in 2015, which brought him to Thailand, and was also offered the job of a Swim Coach at Thanyapura. He has accumulated over 100 medals and broken a number of national records so far during his career, but his main goal is to see Syria safe and return home to train with his family. Latest News about him

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ANTHONY LALANOMENA

Anthony Lalanomena is a 19-year old swimmer from Antananarivo, Madagascar. He trains at Thanyapura as part of the FINA scholarship programme. He has competed in a number of international competitions, including the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. His goal is to represent his country and become an elite swimmer.

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AMMARA PINTO

Ammara Pinto is a 20-year old swimmer from Blantyre, Malawi, and trains at Thanyapura as part of the FINA scholarship programme. She has competed in a number of international competitions, including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her goal is to inspire more young Malawian swimmers and to promote the sport in her home country.

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NOAH VILISON-HEATHER

Noah is a young talented swimmer from the Cook Islands. He is 17 years old and competed at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017. His aspirations include taking part in the 2018 World Short Course Championships, qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and obtaining a swimming scholarship in the USA. Noah feels privileged to have the opportunity to improve as a swimmer and a person under this FINA scholarship.

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IRANKUNDA ISIHAKA

Irankunda is a 21-year old swimmer from Rwanda, and competed in the 2014 Zambia Youth Africa Games. His goals are to complete in the 2018 World Short Course Championships, represent his country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and obtain a swimming scholarship in Europe. He feels honoured to be taking part in the FINA scholarship programme here at Thanyapura.

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MI-SONG PAK

Mi-Song is a passionate 27-year old swimmer from North Korea. In 2016 she competed in the 25m FINA Championships in Canada and in 2017 competed in the FINA Championships in Hungary. Her aspirations include taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Mi-Song is also very happy to be training under this FINA scholarship.

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SAJAN PRAKASH

Sajan Prakash, 23, is from Kerala, India. Sajan started swimming at the age of six. He inherited the spirit of competition from his mother, a professional athletics competitor and main supporter of his success. Winning state and national competitions motivated him to pursue swimming at the professional level while he trained in Bangalore with the national coach. He broke three national records during his career. 

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AboBakr Abass

AboBakr Abass

(Sudan)

Abobakr has competed in Singapore in 2019 and at the World Championships in 2018. He is the fastest swimmer in his country, but there are currently no suitable facilities to provide adequate training for him there, which is why he joined the FINA programme. He finds the facilities available at Thanyapura amazing. His goal is to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Ammara Pinto

Ammara Pinto

(Malawi)

After competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and the 2012 Youth Commonwealth Games on the Isle of Man, Ammara has competed in the FINA Championships every year since 2015. She also took part in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. She was recommended to join FINA by her federation, as she was the fastest female swimmer in her country. She feels honoured to be one of very few swimmers across the world to be on the programme and represent her country, and enjoys training at Thanyapura.

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Ayman Klzie

Ayman Klzie

(Syria)

Ayman holds the national record for 200m Butterfly, which he won at the World Championships in Budapest and in Gwangju. He applied for the FINA programme after gaining a reputation as the fastest swimmer in Syria. He feels grateful and honoured to be a part of the FINA scholarship program, and finds the training atmosphere at Thanyapura very friendly. He would like to someday share his skills as Head Coach for the Syrian National Swim Team.

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Cherantha De Silva

Cherantha De Silva

(Sri Lanka)

Cherantha has represented his country at 5 FINA World Championships, 3 FINA World Cups, 2 Commonwealth Games, 1 Asian Games, and 1 South Asian Games winning a total of 7 medals to date. He also holds 6 national records. He joined the FINA programme in order to fine-tune his technique in the water, and feels that training at Thanyapura enables him to work harder and recover quicker due to the facilities and expertise available there.

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Edgar Iro

Edgar Iro

(Solomon Islands)

Edgar has seen recent success in his swimming by continuing to break his own personal bests with each consecutive competition he takes part in. He joined the FINA programme thanks to his coach, who recognised his talent in the water. He feels that training at Thanyapura has been truly life-changing for him, and hopes to one day be a Gold medalist for his country.

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Finau Ohuafi

Finau Ohuafi

(Tongo)

Finau has been breaking his own personal bests recently, along with Tongan national records. He was made aware of the FINA programme after being recognised as the fastest swimmer in his country. He finds training at Thanyapura a new and amazing experience for him, especially working with such an elite coach. He hopes to become a coach himself one day.

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Kinley Lhendup

Kinley Lhendup

(Bhutan)

Kinley is a gifted swimmer, and joined the FINA programme thanks to the Bhutan Olympic Committee who recognised his talent. He finds the training at Thanyapura amazing, feels lucky to be part of the FINA scholarship programme. He hopes it will help him to become an even better competitive swimmer in the future.

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Noah Vilisoni-Heather

Noah Vilisoni-Heather

(Cook Islands)

Noah trains hard in order to become the best version of himself. His talent was recognised in his country when his national federation reached out to him to encourage him to apply for a FINA scholarship. He feels that training at Thanyapura has not only helped his swimming technique, but also his interpersonal skills. He loves training with other athletes from different cultures and learning from one another, and hopes to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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Nur Haziq Samil

Nur Haziq Samil

(Brunei)

Nur recently took part in the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires in 2018, where he broke his own personal bests. He feels that the FINA programme will change the next chapter of his life by enabling him to pursue his goals of competing in the World Championships and, eventually, the Olympic Games. He feels both grateful and honoured to train at Thanyapura.

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Omar Abbass

Omar Abbass

(Syria)

Omar is a passionate swimmer who joined the FINA scholarship programme due to a lack of opportunity in his home country. He finds the level of support incredibly helpful when training at Thanyapura, and hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Sajan Prakash

Sajan Prakash

(India)

Sajan finished 5th at the Asian Games in 2018 in Butterfly. Due to his talent, his national federation encouraged him to apply for a FINA scholarship. He is passionate about swimming and keen to learn from his mistakes. He enjoys training at Thanyapura and being able to connect with different people from around the world. He hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Sangay Tenzin

Sangay Tenzin

(Bhutan)

Omar is a passionate swimmer who joined the FINA scholarship programme due to a lack of opportunity in his home country. He finds the level of support incredibly helpful when training at Thanyapura, and hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Tasi Limtiaco

Tasi Limtiaco

(Federated States of Micronesia)

Tasi recently took part in the Singapore Championships. He was made aware of the FINA scholarship programme by his federation, and finds training at Thanyapura awesome. Due to the facilities and supportive people around him, he finds that he can take his swimming to a different level. He feels at home in the water, and hopes to pioneer a path for future generations of island swimmers in order to give them better opportunities.

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Murielle Henitsoa Rabarijaona

Murielle Henitsoa Rabarijaona

(Madagascar)

Murielle took part in the 2016 World Championships in Canada and the 2018 World Championships in China, where she broke 2 national records. She is the third athlete in her country to be awarded a FINA scholarship. She feels fortunate to be training through the FINA scholarship programme and feels that, while the training is hard, it is worthwhile. She feels she has improved a great deal since she started training at Thanyapura and hopes to take part in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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AboBakr Abass

AboBakr Abass

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Ammara Pinto

Ammara Pinto

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Ayman Klzie

Ayman Klzie

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Cherantha De Silva

Cherantha De Silva

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Eddggar Richardson Iro

Eddggar Richardson Iro

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Finau Lino Ohuafi

Finau Lino Ohuafi

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Kinley Lhendup

Kinley Lhendup

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Noah Vilisoni-Heather

Noah Vilisoni-Heather

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Nur Haziq Samil

Nur Haziq Samil

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Omar Abbass

Omar Abbass

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Sajan Prakash

Sajan Prakash

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Sangay Tenzin

Sangay Tenzin

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Tasi Limtiaco

Tasi Limtiaco

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Tiana Henitsoa Murielle Rabarijaona

Tiana Henitsoa Murielle Rabarijaona

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