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Athlete Spotlight: Sameera Al Bitar OLY

This week, the Athlete Career Transition (ACT) spotlight shines on Olympian, Sameera Al Bitar, celebrating the Bahraini’s fantastic progress in her career after sport.

After moving away from athletics in partnership with ACT, the former international swimmer joined EY two years ago as a Financial Analyst. In April 2022, Sameera became a Senior Consultant at the professional services multinational.

Sameera Al Bitar

A two-time Olympian, Sameera Al Bitar was one of the first Muslim women from a Persian Gulf nation to swim at the Olympics, when she raced in the 50m freestyle for Bahrain at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She won a freestyle heat at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and remains an iconic and inspiring figure in her country’s sporting history.

Outside athletics, Sameera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance and Sports Management from the George Washington University School of Business.

Athlete Career Transition Co-Director, Andy Moore said:

“Not just an outstanding competitor, Sameera is a true pioneer whose courage and achievements continue to inspire worldwide. After performing at the highest level as a swimmer, it’s no surprise to see her making huge strides in her career at EY.”

“Sameera is a remarkable individual and we wish her every success for the future.”

Athlete Career Transition works alongside global organisations to successfully transition professional former athletes across all disciplines into the corporate domain.


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