Heba & Sarah aka The Twins
Training intensively for eight hours a day since they were five, synchronised swimming has always been an integral part of the twins lives. Hence when they moved to Dubai, it was only natural they start this exciting new venture together since the sport did not exist here.
Being twins, Sarah and Heba were very compatible and performed a duet together where they competed in numerous international competitions, including various world cups as well as the Sydney Olympic games. Heba also went on to compete in the Athens games in 2004, however Sarah had left to pursue her passion for coaching. They won first place in the duet event in the Mediterranean Comen cup and were duet national champions of Egypt for over ten years.
After a very successful athletic career, Sarah decided to become an English literature teacher and Heba became a Pilates Instructor and Z-Health Master Practitioner. However they both continued to coach Synchro and have incorporated the skills they have learnt in their coaching practices. Teaching has helped Sarah become an exemplary coach as she knows how to make her lessons fun and engaging, yet always challenging.
Heba’s focus has always been on maximising people’s athletic potential. She has a strong applied interest on the body’s nervous system and neuroscience and how it can be used to improve performance and help alleviate pain. Hence, together they compliment each other and make a great team. They are both recognised for their warm and accommodating manner, and their perseverant natures has helped them achieve success in everything that they do. It is a special time for the twins to finally be living in the same city and start this exciting new venture together.
Khaled Elsayed aka Man with the Plan
Behind every great man is a great woman, well, in this case it’s slightly reversed; Khaled, husband of Sarah and the co-founder of synquatics, manages the day to day operations and marketing, allowing Sarah and Heba to focus on what they do best, teaching. Khaled, from an Investment Banking background, is focusing on his entrepreneurial passion and is currently working on some very exciting projects that focus on e-commerce, health and fitness. Khaled is recognised for being able to foster high quality, achievement driven results alongside having a conscientious, erudite nature that has always enabled him to achieve his aspirations.
Maja Pesic Pedersen
I started Synchronised swimming in Serbia at the age of 9 and trained very hard (up to twice per day) until the age of 20. During these years, I had the pleasure of travelling around the country and abroad representing our National Team at different venues and competitions. My passion for Synchro continued and so it was only natural to go into coaching and judging under the wing of my own coach. In 2002, I moved to Dubai and was disappointed that there was no Synchronised Swimming club to join. Consequently, this led me to choose my current career which was to become an Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher.
Having joined Synquatics, I am able to integrate my teaching skills with my Synchro knowledge to offer challenging lessons that are also enjoyable. I am delighted to join this team and feel that my life is complete again with Synchro in it.
I started regular swimming at the age of 3 until the age of 8/9. At that age, I really wanted to try a new sport and that’s when my parents suggested Synchronized swimming.
As soon as my first trial session was over, I couldn’t wait till my next session and wanted to pursue Synchro seriously. Straight away, my coach put me in the competitive team and I had my first International competition six months later.
After that, my training hours increased and I was training almost everyday after school and on weekends. Competitions had also become a part of the sport as we were taking part in one at least every 2 months if not more. After a few months of training I was also given a solo and a duet partner. I became champion of Belgium in the solo and duet category and took 3rd international competition in the duet category. Although I still train, I love coaching other girls and seeing them progress from one session to the next. Synquatics in Dubai has allowed me the opportunity to resume my immense passion for Synchro and coaching.
Djenane Abou Ali
I started Sychronised swimming when I was 7 years old. Previously, I was doing gymnastics and ballet and I loved that I could combine both these sports in the water. I competed in numerous competitions and trained very hard till I graduated from school. I then decided to coach beginners while I studied interior designing at university. I love interacting with young children and after moving to Dubai, I decided to work as a kindergarten teacher. Joining Synquatics, has reignited my love for Synchronised swimming and reminded me how much I admire this incredibly challenging sport.
I started Synchronised Swimming when I was 10 years old, after having done 6 years of regular swimming. With my team, we won many competitions and were National champions of Hungary for a number of years. In the last 4 years of my synchro career, I was also a member of the Hungarian National team. We participated in International competitions- mostly in Europe (Belgium, San Marino, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic) but also in Egypt. When I started university, I gave up the Synchro at a professional level and started to do jazz and contemporary ballet. Luckily my Synchro team stayed together and we still performed shows at different events in Hungary. During my university years, my trainer asked me if I could help her out with coaching. It was a great experience to work together with my trainer and one of my previous team colleagues. We coached almost 30 young girls aged between 6-14. I also helped to develop the swimmers’ artistic skills as well as their overall flexibility. I really enjoy coaching and find it immensely rewarding to pass on my knowledge to our swimmers.
I started synchronized swimming in France when I was 4 years old. Very quickly, I was training at an intense level with many hours of training everyday after school, weekends and school vacations. I did many national competitions with my team (solo, duet, team, combo) and I was also a member of the French National team.
At the age of 23, I left my team to go to Paris for my studies and career. For the last 3 years of my career, I started to perform in shows at different events in France and Morocco with professional swimmers.
As I was looking for something new when I arrived in Paris, I decided to share my experience and knowledge. So I started coaching twice per week in a club in Paris. At the same time, I decided to start aerial training (silk, trapeze, rope) in order to complete my artistic skills.
Freshly moved to Dubai, I’m very glad to join Synquatics which has allowed me to share my passion for synchro and continue my love of coaching this beautiful sport
I consider myself to be a very sporty girl. All my life I practiced gymnastics, swimming, badminton and basketball.
When I went to University to study Physical Education, I fell in love with Synchronized Swimming. The idea of combining music, dance, choreography, gymnastics and water all together in the same sport was ideal for me.
In 2005, I became a qualified coach and have coordinated beginner teams, show teams, pre-competition, and participated in national championships in Portugal with my teams.
I have also taken courses and workshops in Portugal, Spain and Andorra to deepen my knowledge of the sport and to enhance my coaching skills.
It was with immense pride that I was able to build up two teams that have grown to have a tremendous passion for synchronised swimming. Working with children has always been important for me and I love to see them develop skills whilst enjoying their training at the same time.
I am excited to be a part of Synquatics and look forward to building new teams again to reach a competitive level.
Noran El Zuhery
I started synchronized swimming in Egypt at the age of 5. During this period, I participated in many national competitions and also represented the Egyptian National Team in many international competitions for 4 years.
My passion for Synchro continued so I decided to go for coaching, I enrolled in a couple of synchro courses from the Egyptian swimming federation and the Olympic Egyptian committee to enhance my training capabilities. Then I started coaching in one of the Egyptian clubs for 8 years. My team achieved 1st place in Solo, duet and team in many National Competitions.
It’s a pleasure to join Synquatics because it gives me the chance to resume and continue my love for synchronized swimming.
As a young child I loved water and was both artistic and athletic. I was fortunate enough to fall in love with sport that combines these two, plus aquatic skills. I was 8 years old when I decided to become a synchronized swimmer. That decision has led me to achieve 52 medals in my career and be a member of the Serbian National Team for 6 years. I was competing at different State and European Championships. My aim is to instruct young generations on how to improve and develop their synchro techniques.
Kalhara is the supporting pillar for Synquatics- everything has to go through her! She helps in handling day to day operations and serves as a gatekeeper for Synquatics. She supports Synquatics by developing the business side of things and operations. Kalhara is a graduate in Computer applications and has eight years of experience in the roles of administration, operations and customer service. We would like to thank Kalhara from all the Synquatics team, for making our lives much easier :)