Posted on January 11, 2018

On Wednesday 10 January, 19 Doha College students donned their finest PE kits at an exclusive meet and greet with the 2012 and 2016 double gold Olympic champion and legendary distance runner Sir Mohamed Farah, who is in town for the hugely anticipated Ooredoo Doha Marathon.

Alongside local fans, athletes and sporting communities, the blue-decked DC students enjoyed their moment with “Mo” and other sporting heroes from Australia, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and the USA, at the Mall of Qatar, organised by Qatar Tourism Authority.

Sir Mo Farah, Britain's most successful distance runner, participant in the Ooredoo Doha half marathon of Friday 12 January, was also joined by special guests Toff Wahab – Head of the Political Section at the British Embassy in Qatar, and Stuart Elder – CEO of Mall of Qatar. Mr Paul Young, Vice Principal at Doha College, also in attendance at the event, said about Mo Farah’s visit to Qatar: “For the students to meet such an accomplished athlete, who attained unprecedented success through dedication and perseverance, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It can only inspire them to emulate the work ethic and determination that helped him achieve so much in his career so far.”

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Doha College, one of the oldest British International Schools in Qatar, has a remarkable history in athletics. Attesting to that is the well-established DC 5 & 10KM Race, the 7th edition of which took place only recently with outstanding participation and results from both DC members and the local community. Many of its staff and students are also part of running and triathlon clubs in Qatar and participate in competitions throughout the year. Doha College features athletics, triathlon and cross country as permanent Extra-Curricular Activities, and every year they reward their most accomplished sports people in a high-profile Sports Awards Ceremony. Their close association with Evolution Sports Qatar ensures that new sporting talents are identified and developed each year, and in 2017 Doha College has introduced a new qualification to enrich student experience – the BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching.

“I love running and train regularly. Meeting Mo was a fantastic chance, just thinking of his success will make my training easier,” said Connor, one of the Doha College students. His most recent notable race was the Doha College 5K run, and he is looking forward to running in one of the junior races at the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2018. Several athletes from Doha College will represent the school at the marathon event this weekend, running a variety of distances.