Akber Naim

Akber Naim
  • Sport:
    Age:
    16
    Town:
    Southampton
    Region:
    South East
  • Supporter:

Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I first got involved in Taekwondo at the age of 8. My beloved Mother took me to this local club which was only 5 minutes a way from our house. She took me not because she wanted to me pursue a career in this sport but because she didn't want me to be at home, as I was very naughty and was always up to no good. I loved fighting with my siblings, hency why they took me to Taekwondo Club, so I can use up all my energy. My love for Taekwondo increased day by day and in my first completion I got Gold and after that I knew that this was the right sport for me.

What does a typical week look like for you?

A typical week for me would be going to college Monday to Friday and to train 6 times a week. I also have to fit in revision time but also socialisation time and leisure time as well as they too are very important in life.

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

Many things motivates me to continue with Taekwondo. Living in the UK motivates me to continue with Taekwondo as I am originally from Afghanistan and the chances and opportunities in Afghanistan are limited compared to UK. So far I have spent lot's of time and energy and money in Taekwondo so I will not give up because I believe that all of these will pay off - nothing in life comes with ease. We all have to experience hardship in order to succeed and this hardship motivates me to train more and to never give up.

What do you enjoy the most about being a sportsperson?

Being a sportsperson means a lot to me and the thing I enjoy the most about being one is the quality and healthy life I am living as teenager as I am away from all of the prohibited things such as smoking etc. Being an athlete has impacted my life positively in so many ways.

Who is your biggest influence in your life and why?

My Dad because he has taught me a lot. He migrated from Afghanistan to UK at a very young age (18-19) and wanted to improve his quality of life. He made lots of sacrifices and now is very successful.

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