Aya is one of Egypt’s most high-profile athletes. In 2006, she became the first female in the history of the modern pentathlon to have won the Youth World Championships three times. Confident and dedicated, Aya is representing Egypt in the Olympics for a third time, and she is on a quest to beat the 8th position finish she achieved at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Introduced to pentathlon aged 11 through a competition at her local swimming club, Aya took up lessons in the additional four disciplines that make up the modern pentathlon. Her coaches recognised Aya’s talent from a young age and she stuck to the tough training regime, determined to represent her country one day in the sport she loved.
Aya first represented her country at the 2002 Youth World Championships in Budapest, finishing in 2nd place with a crowd-pleasing performance. A year later, Aya bettered this result, returning from the 2003 Youth World Championships in Mexico with a gold medal under her belt. Aya’s success at youth level led her to win the Youth World Championships three times. In 2006 she held both the Youth and Junior World Championship titles.
After moving up to senior level, Aya had a very successful year in 2008, finishing with a silver medal in the World Championships and being selected for the Beijing Olympics.
Last year, Aya proved to her competitors that she was still a force to be reckoned with by winning gold at the World Championships in Moscow, putting her in a strong position for London 2012. She sees her five medals in five consecutive years as her biggest success to date. She is determined to carry this through to the London Olympic Games by adding another consecutive medal to the tally.
Aya trains at the Heliopolis and El Shams Club, where she has been based for the past 12 years. When not training or competing, Aya is a teaching assistant at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt. Fluent in English, Aya graduated from university with honours and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Trade.
Aya’s greatest supporters are her family, who enjoy watching her compete at every possible opportunity.