Swimmer - Law Graduate
Anna Ntountounaki is a Greek swimming champion who competes for Panathinaikos. She started doing artistic swimming at the age of five. Αt the age of 15, she decided to switch to classic swimming in order to reduce training hours in view of the increased studying needs for Lyceum and the Greek SATs. However, such a thing did not happen as she met her coach, Kostas Tzivilakis, and with his guidance, she discovered her passion for the sport. Her first successes did not take long to come. In 2011, in the Balkan Junior Championship, she won first place in the 50m. butterfly, and a few months later in the European Junior Championship, she finished fourth in the same race. Her first appearance in the Olympics was in 2016 in Rio, where she finished 17th, breaking the national record. Since then, countless national records and historical appearances in European and world championships have followed, culminating in the bronze medal in the European Championship of 2019, the gold in the European Championship of 2021 -being the first Greek swimmer to achieve such distinctions- and her 9th place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, leaving her marginally out of the final. All the above have made her one of the leading Greek swimmers and representatives of Greek sports, however, there is another aspect of her life that comes to add to her already great value. Outside the pool, A. Doutounaki has managed to combine top-level sports performances with a high cognitive and spiritual culture. More specifically, she is a graduate of Athen’s Law School as well as a holder of a postgraduate degree from the University of London Commercial and Corporate Law.