Our very own Lower 6th pupil, Stephanie, participated in the Tokyo Olympics being the youngest competitor for Brazil in swimming for 41 years.
Stephanie swam for the Brazilian national teams 4×100 free girls relay. She performed the best time of the relay and was asked to stay in Tokyo to compete in another relay that took part, this being the 4×100 medley mixed, being 2 boys and 2 girls.
Since getting back to Brazil, she competed in the World Champion Games of Short Course (All Ages) where she achieved more smashing results!
We got the opportunity to talk to Stephanie and ask her some questions.
1. How do you balance school and swimming? If you can find free time, what do you like to do with it?
STEPHANIE: Balancing school and swimming is a lot harder than it seems. I have to swim before and after school and at the end of the week I am absolutely exhausted. It gets really hard when there is an assessment week, as I need to swim and study. I end up studying late at night, and having to wake up early in the morning to swim. When I have free time, I like to spend it with my friends or family, watching movies or going out.
2. What skills from your St. Paul’s experience have helped you in your athletic journey so far?
STEPHANIE: I have learnt to deal with pressure a bit more, and not to procrastinate. I’ve also improved my time management completely.
3. You’re the youngest competitor for Brazil in swimming for 41 years! How was it to engage with the team where the other competitors are much older than you?
STEPHANIE: It was really fun. I have to admit sometimes I missed people my age, but overall it was very fun and I learnt a lot from them!
4. What are your goals for the future? What other things you hope to achieve, in swimming and also in your academic life?
STEPHANIE: I want to improve my times and my titles in swimming. I want to try and go to another Olympic games. As for academics, I want to do well in my IBs and get into a good university.
5. What is the best memory of your time in Tokyo?
STEPHANIE: Probably getting there and seeing the amazing foods there were.
Stephanie is a role model for all of us here at St. Paul’s and we couldn’t be prouder of her hard work and effort!