Doha, 25 June 2019. Aspire Academy has today held its 12th Graduation Ceremony in honour of the latest batch of student-athletes. The ceremony marks another milestone on Aspire’s 15-year journey to develop the young talent which forms the cornerstone of Qatar’s national teams and clubs.
The 41 student-athletes graduated in nine sport disciplines: athletics, fencing, football, soccer, squash, table tennis, archery, golf and gymnastics.
The ceremony was attended by senior representatives from Aspire Academy including Ali Salem Afifa, Deputy Director General of Aspire Academy and the Second Vice-President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), and President of Qatar Athletics Association, H.E. Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman al-Kuwari, as well as a number of senior officials from Aspire Zone Foundation, teachers and coaches from the Academy.
The Second Vice-President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), and President of Qatar Athletics Association, H.E. Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman al-Kuwari, said: “Every year, Aspire Academy astonishes us with all its sports. There is real creativity in the Academy’s output and the refinement of its champions. Aspire Academy graduates and athletes will participate at many international events, including at the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019 and I wish them tremendous success with the next steps."
Ali Salem Afifa, Deputy Director General of Aspire Academy extolled the graduating students to continue to seek excellence in all they do in life after Aspire, “ You join many other distinguished graduates from this great institution and we would like you to remain focused, hardworking and model citizens that your families and country will be proud of. Maintain the values, sense of purpose and the excellence that you have learnt during your time at Aspire.”
The celebration started with Qur’an recitations by student-athlete Salem Jamaani followed by remarks from fellow graduating students, Abdulrahman Al-Dehaimi and Saleh Bashraheel, who summed up studying at Aspire on behalf of graduating students saying: “we are pleased to be standing in front of you this evening to deliver this speech. We are here to recall moments with our beloved teachers and coaches. Over these last years, through dedication and hard work, we reached our goals and made unforgettable memories. Here at Aspire Academy, we learned how to aspire: how to work towards astonishing achievements, both on our academic path and in our chosen sports career. This is how we achieve our dreams.
In particular, I would like to send our dearest appreciation to our teachers and coaches. You have inspired and instilled in us the urge to learn, and my thanks also go to the school administration for their unceasing efforts in building us up. May Allah help us to remain faithful for Aspire Academy and to raise the Qatari flag up high in international championships.”
Following the remarks, the young champions rose to the podium to receive their graduation certificates. They represent a hard-earned award which followed six years of diligent work under the Academy’s expert teachers, coaches and staff, many of whom will continue to support their former pupils as they further develop both their academic and sporting careers in the future.