By Brian YalungOlympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi etched her name in the Philippine swimming record books and has already won several medals. Regardless, the 25-year-old admits she is far from done representing the country.
Alkhaldi holds a double degree in Business Marketing and Business Management from the University of Hawaii, graduating back in 2016. She could have chosen to pursue a professional business career with that but admits the fire and passion to represent the Philippines still flows inside her.
“I felt it in my heart that my time swimming for the Philippines is not over just yet… I just felt like I still have more to give. I still have the fire and the passion, so I’ll keep going,” said Alkhaldi in an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin Sports Online.
True enough, the Paranaque-born Alkhaldi has lined up several competitions as she makes the necessary preparation for her fourth SEA Games stint.
She is set to compete at the FINA World Cup in Singapore on November and also the World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China the following month. Alkhaldi intends to push herself by competing with the best swimmers around.
“In order to perform my best at the upcoming SEA Games, I need to keep pushing myself to the limits by training hard and competing constantly against my competitors,” she explained.
To keep herself in shape, Jasmine shares her regular program that goes with a balanced diet.
“My swimming program includes weights sessions in the gym about 3 times a week, as well as some strength and conditioning sessions 2-3 a week,” shared Jasmine.
There is no question that Jasmine has the looks to be a model. While she is open to it, she bares that training sessions are her priority.
“Well, I am very open to becoming a brand ambassador or model but I prioritize my training sessions and work those things in between if given the opportunity to do so,” she said.
Jasmine adds that she is one of the sports ambassadors chosen by Hapee and reveals how Dr. Cecilio Pedro has been providing support for swimming. She is also backed by Ever Bilena.
“Dr. Cecilio Pedro has been supporting swimming for years now. He has been supporting me since the start of the year but has been supporting swim teams for years now. I believe this has a positive impact on the athletes to continue working hard and pushing themselves knowing that there is private support,” said Jasmine.
Alkhaldi admits that she has matured through the years and such as helped her approach things with a different mindset.
“Clearly age alone makes me feel more mature as a swimmer and person. I train a lot smarter now and think differently than I have before. I approach things with a different and clearer mindset to look at my swimming career from a different light,” she explained.
Asked on what advice she may have for athletes, not only in swimming:
“My advice to other athletes is to definitely dream big! And once you have that dream in your heart – work hard towards achieving that dream. With faith and hard work, anything is possible,” she ended.