From a little girl who hated water, Mayumi Raheem has blossomed into one of Sri Lanka’s most promising and accomplished athletes. Born on September 15th,1991, Mayumi first took to the water when she was only three and a half years old. At five, Mayumi began squad training, entering the world of competitive swimming a year later. A majority of her early training was undertaken by coach Sumith Dharmadasa until 2000, when Mayumi left Sri Lanka for Singapore.

Mayumi continued to improve her performance under the guidance of coach David Lim at Swimfast Aquatic. In 2002, she trained under coach Damien Pedreschi at the Parnell Swimming Club in Auckland, New Zealand before returning to Singapore and her training with coach Lim and coach Jaan Murphy of the Singapore Swimming Club. Presently, Mayumi continues to fine-tune her swimming at the Singapore High Performance Center with renowned coach Jack Simon

No stranger to victory, Mayumi has secured the Senior National Champion Award in Sri Lanka for three years. She has consistently set Sri Lankan national records in a number of swimming events, and at fourteen, was the youngest swimmer to be appointed as Captain when she led the swimming contingent to the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. Also in 2006, Mayumi had the distinction of winning Sri Lanka’s first gold medal at the 10th South Asian Games in Colombo; she was also the highest medal winner – in any sport – at the games, earning three gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

With sponsorships from Speedo International and Optimum Performance (a well known strength and conditioning company in Singapore), Mayumi is certainly flying high. Not content with swimming alone, Mayumi is also a brown belt karateka and has represented her school in both netball and touch rugby.