An athlete, a coach, a mother, a professional swimmer and someone who truly walks on the beat of her own drum. Shourouk El Shennawi is someone who doesn’t take “No” for an answer and will motivate every athlete she coaches to do the same.

What do you do consistently or time management?

Honestly, the only constant thing is splitting my time between my kids, family, work, and sports. I don’t have a 1-year plan or even a 5-year plan. I just live each day as it comes. It’s all about setting priorities.

What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?

Nowadays, technology plays an important role in every aspect of our lives including sports and I wish that was available during my time.

 

What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?

In an individual sport, everything is about just you. So the best advice I ever got was to always trust and believe in my own gut. Also, that if I want something done, I must do it myself.

 

What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?

I always remind myself why I started or why I decided to go back to swimming. It was to prove to myself that anything is possible if you put your mind into it no matter what negativity you receive or obstacles you face. I also wanted to be a role model for my boys, making them and my family proud.

 

What piece of advice would you give an athlete who feels pressured to quit their sport professionally by society’s standards?

Unfortunately, society plays a big role in our lives, but it should not dictate how we live our lives. I’d say follow your heart, your gut, and above all your passion. And never give up on your dreams. You should always thrive for more. Look in the mirror and decide what you want for YOU! If you think about it,  all the renowned names in this world broke society’s rules.

 

Photographer: Khaled Marzouk

MUA:  Christine Khayat