According to her coach, the most impressive thing about Hanim Abrahams is her age. Not only has the 15 year old swam faster selection times than swimmers that are older than her, but she has also managed to beat them.
As the second youngest swimmer at the Commonwealth Youth Games, held this past week in the Bahamas, Hanim once again proved her coach right. Selected as the flag bearer for Team South Africa, Hanim blasted her way to gold in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the 200m breaststroke.
Earlier this year, the grade 9 pupil was selected as the team captain for Team South Africa at the Junior African Swimming Championships held in Egypt. She walked away (or swam away) with gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events and silver medals in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m IM and 400m IM events. As part of Team SA, Hanim also won gold for the 4x100m medley relay as well as the mixed 4x100m medley relay.
She also participated in the in SA Senior Swimming Championships where she won two youth elite medals for the 200m butterfly and 100m breaststroke events and a silver medal for the 4x100m medley relay.
Last year, she walked away with three silver medals at the CANA African Swimming Championships in Bloemfontein in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events.
If you haven’t heard of the name, Hanim Abrahams, you better start paying attention. You will be hearing much more of her in the future, as she swims her way to Olympic glory.