Khaleejigirl (KG) Interviews Sameera Al Bitar!
Meet Samera Al Bitar, a young lady who is younger than 30 years old but has accomplished so much! She’s been to the Olympics not once but twice, been involved in a charity, and all while paving her own unique path.
KG: Please state your name and occupation:
A: My name is Sameera Al Bitar and I’m the Skills Development Executive at Royal Life Saving Bahrain. I am also the Co-founder of Boost Bahrain and I am also a triathlete.
KG: Please describe the journey that led you towards being in your current occupation.
A: Since a very young age, I was always drawn to sports. I was on several different sports teams throughout my school years and while studying at George Washington University for my bachelor’s degree I stuck with swimming. I did participate in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. I did the 50m freestyle event which is swimming. But, in 2014, I switched from swimming to Triathlon and now that’s what I do.
I had no idea at the time what I wanted to study and in my first year of university I went to an induction of all the different majors the business school offered. That’s where I discovered sports management and decided to pursue that as a major along with finance because I knew the sports industry was not yet developed in the Middle East.
Since graduation, I’ve worked in different roles in the sports industry and currently I am working with a charity that was set up to prevent drowning incidents from taking place in the Kingdoms waterways.
KG: Wow! That’s amazing and not something you hear very often. Was there any person that inspired you or tried to discourage you from doing that?
A: In my career and sporting path, my parents were always very supportive of the decisions I’ve taken and they always encouraged me to go after what I wanted and what I believed in. Despite the challenges and obstacles, I faced throughout, they were always there to make sure I did not quit when I wanted to give up.
KG: What advice do you have for a younger Khaleejigirl who is considering following your footsteps?
A: Don’t fear failure and always take the opportunities that come across because you never know how that may change the course of your pathway. Work hard for what you want and always find the drive, focus passion and support!