Nepal making the headlines in Rio

Thanks to a young 13-year old swimmer, Nepal has been in the world media’s spotlight for positive reasons.

Photo credit Rio Olympics 2016

Photo credit Rio Olympics 2016

Gaurika Singh was born in Nepal in 2002 and emigrated to the UK when she was two years old. She took up swimming as a young child and has been training in earnest for some years in in London, never dreaming she would be at the Olympics at such a young age.

She secured 1st position in the first heat of 100 meters backstroke at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Sunday, finishing her race in 1 minute and 8.45 seconds.  Not quite enough to make it through to the qualifying rounds, but a great swim all the same for someone so young.

Photo credit: The Telegraph

Photo credit: The Telegraph

That will not be the last we will see of her I am sure.

Jai Gaurika Singh – you did Nepal proud!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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