Hesham Elshwikh2 February 1975
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 African Championships - Gold
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Bronze
- 2010 World Championships - Bronze
With Hesham Elshwikh’s outstanding leadership, Egypt have repeatedly ended among the top teams at major international competitions in recent times.
However, they were expecting a better finish at the 2018 World Championships in Netherlands. The draw did not favoure them as reigning world champions Bosnia and Herzegovina joined them in Group D.
Finishing second meant Egypt had to face Rio 2016 gold medallists Iran in the quarterfinals, losing 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15).
They only ended sixth after being defeated by European champions Russia 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-13).
Egypt and their multi-skilled captain Elshwikh do have nice memories from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Elshwikh was the fifth best scorer with 48 spikes, 11 blocks and six serves.
The African team ended top of their group, then lost to Bosnia & Herzegovina in the semi-finals before defeating hosts Brazil 3-2 (28–26, 29–31, 19–25, 25–22, 15–13) to win a much-celebrated bronze.
Not only does he bring a lot of talent to the squad, Elshwikh is also a calming influence on what can be an emotional team.
Egypt have also enjoyed success at World Championships with Elshwikh in the team, winning bronze at Roermond 2006 and Edmond 2010.
They have dominated on a continental level as well, winning the last two African Championships in 2015 and 2017, conceding just one set in the latest edition.