Para world champion Nur Syahidah Alim to host AirBnb experience on 9 August

3 August 2020
The event is part of a summer festival of experience initiatives launched by the Olympic and Paralympic sponsor.

It isn’t in Nur Syahidah Alim’s nature to simply wait. 

The para archer from Singapore didn’t ascend to her world-number-one ranking by taking a passive approach to her craft. But, like the countless world-class athletes who currently find themselves with extra time on their hands, Alim didn’t have an obvious outlet to channel her ambitions. 

That is, until now. 

In the wake of cancellations and postponements across the sporting calendar, AirBnb, the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee announced a summer festival featuring more than 100 online experiences hosted by some of the world’s greatest Olympians and Paralympians.

Alim is one of the athletes taking part.

“By sharing my experience as a national athlete, I hope that you too can jumpstart and take control of your day,” she said.

Alim’s experience takes place on 9 August. She’s hosting a session called “Beat the slump” in which she’ll recount her journey to becoming Singapore’s first world title in the sport at last year’s para championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Topics covered will include envisioning success, goal setting, setting training schedules and writing an evaluation journalist.

Those interested can book a spot in Alim’s talk on the AirBnb website. It costs 12 USD per person.

Born with cerebral palsy, Nur Syahidah Alim is currently the world number one in the compound women’s open discipline of para archery.

She joins the likes of USA sprinter Allyson Felix, South African surfing legend Jordy Smith and refugee Olympian Yusra Mardini in sharing their passion for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and sport during the AirBnb summer festival.

“Para athletes are masters of innovation and finding creative solutions to daily challenges they face,” said International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons.

“The summer festival… gives para athletes a platform to share their stories to empower others.”

Olympian and Paralympian archers can still sign up to host future experiences on the AirBnb platform to connect with a wider audience, share their expertise learned through sport and earn a new source of revenue.