After featuring in headlines around the world for her athletic skills, Qatari swimmer Nada Arakji is ready to make a splash as an enrolling freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

Arakji, 17, will be the first local female athlete to compete in swimming in the Olympics after receiving a wildcard entry to this year’s games in London.

Arakji’s expected appearance in London has garnered significant domestic and regional interest, as the teenager has already broken some of the stereotypes associated with Arab women. Arakji has been swimming since the age of nine and has become a symbol for women’s empowerment.

“Words can’t explain how excited and happy I am to be representing Qatar in the upcoming Olympics. I am so glad and thankful that God gave me the opportunity and I am able to live my dream and make my country proud,” Arakji said.

We look forward to following her at the Olympics and wish her the best of luck!