Dr. Khalid Al Jalham and six other Qatari team members, will be swimming more than 40km across the English Channel on a relay basis on the 21st of July 2018. The team members are Dr. Faleh Ali, Dr. Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Dr. Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Dr. Khalid Al Jalham, Prof. Nasser Al Mohannadi, Fahad Al Buenain and Talal Al Emadi.
Dr. Khalid Al Jalham, one of the 7 members of the Team Qatar Channel Swim, was born on 26th June, 1977. He is currently the Director of the Ambulatory Care Center at Hamad Medical Corporation, but previously a Senior Consultant in Urology Surgery and before then, an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar. He graduated with M.Sc., Greenwich School of Management (U.K.), in 2016. He is a sport enthusiast, passionate about diving, swimming, cycling, running, triathlon among others.
ProTV the Media Support Services provider of the Team Qatar Channel Swim, which will take place on the 21st July, 2018. Dr. Khalid Al Jalham provided the following answers to the following questions about the challenge.
Why did you choose to be part of Team Qatar Channel Swim?
“We have known each other for a long time. We have successfully taken on a lot of sport challenges in the past, so when I learnt that we would be the first Qataris to attempt the swim across the English Channel, it was an immediate decision to join the team. I know it will be a hard challenge that thousands have failed to complete and only few hundreds have over the past century, but this makes us more determined to finish it. This,we hope, will put Qatar’s name in its record books. We also want to send a message to all generations in Qatar, that sport should be an important part of their lives, whatever their age or daily duties.”
Tell us more about the previous challenges, which you have been through together?
“The closest to my heart is the Global Biking Initiative. It is an annual cycling event that takes place in Europe, where we cycled hundreds of kilometres, across several countries to raise funds for education projects in the Middle East, such as building schools in Gaza. It’s always special, when you do it for a great cause, because it motivates you and pushes you to your limits. I have seen many people suffering in the region during my work with Charity Organizations like RAF. We are just trying to make a difference in their lives.”
How did the team prepare for this, and how difficult you think it will be?
“We have been preparing for this for the past six months. We had training camps in Qatar, Croatia and UK with excellent coaches. Training included swimming for long hours in cold weather. We have spent a lot of time together, motivating and inspiring each other. It will be a tough challenge, but we have trained well for it and we will try to make the impossible possible.”
You have so many work responsibilities, how do you find time for sport?
“Sport is vital for one’s health, and no one should ever neglect it. If you organize your day in the right way, you can always find time to exercise. Trust me, it will benefit not only your body, but also your state of mind. It allows you to reap the results in every aspect of your life.”
What is your favourite sport?
“I love cycling; it’s a beautiful sport and I advise everyone to try it. A few years ago, I was one of the co-founders of Qatar Cyclists Center. It was an initiative to promote cycling in Qatar, and you cannot imagine how successful it has become. Now, thousands of men and women have joined us, and I can say it has made a big difference in many of their lives.
I also take on sport that require high endurance like triathlon and Ironman competitions, because they provide challenges which get the best of you. In 2016, I finished the 70.3 Iron man challenge in Bahrain and it was an amazing moment for me.”