The swim across the Channel popularly known as “La Manche”, will be embarked on by a team of seven amateur Qatari athletes. Tala Abdulaziz Al Emadi is one of the seven The Team Qatar Channel Swim members. Dr. Faleh Ali, Dr. Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Dr. Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Dr. Khalid Al Jalham, Prof. Nasser Al Mohannadi, Fahad Al Buenain, are the other members of the team, who will be swimming across the Channel on the 21st July, 2018.
Talal Abdulaziz Al Emadi, was born on the 7th of October, 1983. He is the Head of research and Legal studies department in the Ministry of Finance, Qatar. His sport background includes mountaineering, cycling, diving, running, triathlon and Ironman.
ProTV the Media Support Services provider for the Team Qatar Channel Swim event. Tala Abdulaziz Al Emadi provided the following answers to the following questions about the challenge.
How do you feel about being a member of the first Qatari team that will attempt to cross the English Channel?
“It’s a great honour and I feel so excited. The team members share the same passion for sport. We want to inspire people in Qatar and set a great example for the younger generation.”
It is a highly risky attempt with only around 750 teams succeeding at it, since 1875. Does this make you worry a little bit?
“There is nothing we do in life that doesn’t include some risk. All you need to do is to be careful, take the right precautions and prepare well. I love experiencing new things and taking on tough challenges which take me out of my comfort zone. My teammates are admirably committed, persistent and supportive of one another. This gives me the push that I need.”
What inspires you to take on sport, while pursuing a career in law? How do you strike the right balance?
“It’s about passion. You have to push yourself out of your comfort zone and change your life. I participating in simple sports like running and cycling. It did not only help me to get physically fit, but I also became more mentally focused and achieved more success in my career. Now, I practice sport five days, during the week. At the weekend, I like to take part in outdoor activities such as diving, spearfishing and hiking. I also participate in community events such as long distance running races, marathons, triathlons and Ironman races. My advice for those who want to take on sport; start by setting 30 minutes per day to do any physical activity, even walking; do it regularly, and you will notice the difference in every aspect of your life.”
Tell us about your experince completing the “Samla” twice.
“I like running so from time to time I take part in long distance races and marathons. Taking part in Samla was a very tough experience, which involves covering a distance of up to 190 kms; running in the desert, cycling, swimming, kayaking and shooting. However, there is nothing like it and reaching the finish line gives you that special feeling of accomplishment.”
One of your greatest passions is mountain climbing, how did it all start?
“It started 2011, while my friend Fahad Al Buenain and I were part of a humanitarian mission with Qatar Charity in Niger. It was a life-changing experience which involved raising awareness to the food crisis in East Africa under the campaign named “Challenge for Life”. To contribute to this endeavour, we decided to climb mountain Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in the African continent. It then became our passion so we climbed more peaks in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2014, we reached the peak of Mountain Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest in western and southern hemisphere, to raise funds for children in Yemen.”
Tell us more about you recently co-founding Qatar’s first hiking group.
“It’s an initiative to promote hiking in Qatar. It’s a great sport and easy to practice. There are more and more parks with hiking facilities, opening everywhere in Qatar, and there are also many places here that few know about. Hiking can improve your health and allow you to better explore your country.”