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Monday Morning Motivation: Yusra Mardini

12 Mar Yusra Mardini

This week’s motivation is provided by the inspirational swimmer Yusra Mardini.

From refugee to Olympian – Yusra Mardini’s incredible journey

Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini competes in the Women’s 100m Butterfly heats on the first day of the Rio Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on 6 August in Brazil. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Yusra Mardini represented Team Refugee as a swimmer at the Rio Olympics in 2016; less than a year beforehand she had fled war-torn Syria and made the 25-day journey to Europe.

During the sea crossing from Turkey to Lesbos her dinghy got into trouble and Mardini and others jumped into the open water to help guide the boat to safety.

Yusra Mardini now lives in Berlin. On 27th April 2017, she was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Film to follow teenager who crossed the Mediterranean and competed at Rio