Meet the Interns: Soraya Julaya Santos, Swimming, Mozambique

Meet the Interns

Name: Soraya Julaya Santos

“The WCIP will give me the knowledge with which to carry out my work more capably and contribute to better team results.”

Sport: Swimming

Mentor Coach: Orlando Dingane

Country: Mozambique

Current Occupation: Club swim coach in Mpumalanga, a province in eastern South Africa

Games Responsibilities: Soraya will work closely with her mentor coach throughout the swimming competition.

Coaching: Soraya always enjoyed swimming and her husband, a swim coach, introduced her to the pleasures of teaching so at the age of 22, she began working with youngsters and after deciding upon a coach career, completed FINA courses in Portugal and Mozambique. Soraya notes that sometimes women coaches are not valued as much as they should be. She has coached at the Mpumalanga championships and the national winter championships in Mozambique.

Education:

FINA swim coach courses

Importance of the WCIP: Soraya expects to acquire more knowledge as a pre-competition and high-level competition coach by learning to plan and implement effective training programmes for her swimmers, to increase her technical knowledge and leadership skills, and to develop more autonomy. “The WCIP will give me the knowledge with which to carry out my work more capably and contribute to better team results.” Soraya considers mentorship an important tool in her development.

After Gold Coast: Soraya will implement her learnings from the Commonwealth Games and will share her experiences with other women coaches. She will continue working at her club and will move on to working on identification and preparation of athletes for the Commonwealth Youth Games, the Olympic Youth Games, and the Commonwealth Games through the next quadrennial.

Commonwealth Connections: “The Modern Commonwealth means endless possibilities and opportunities for learning. Being a coach at the 2018 Commonwealth Games is the realization of a dream and the opening of a window of opportunities within the world of swimming.”