Nuno Laurentino Swimmer, Portugal
Nuno Laurentino (born in 1975), has a bachelor in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a Post graduate in High Performance Training of Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. He started swimming at the age of 7 and left competition at the age of 32, after being one of the most successful Portuguese swimmers of all times with 200 national records, 125 national titles, several European and world major finals and two Olympic Games appearances – Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. From year 2000 until 2005 he was a member of the Portuguese Olympic Athletes Commission helping promoting new guidelines for the high level sports dual career in Portugal. In 2005, he entered in the IOC Athlete Career Programme and took part in the seminar for athletes run by Adecco. “I had no clue that all the hard work I have done for swimming and studying had given me so many skills for the working world but the IOC ACP proved to me that these skills were actually transferable!” Susana Cravo, ACP manager at Adecco and responsible for the implementation of the IOC Athlete Career Programme in Portugal, supported Nuno in getting a foot in to the business world. In 2007, Nuno was recruited to work with the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, part of the Portuguese Government responsible for sport, where, with is background as a top level athlete has played an important role on the creation of new high performance training facilities and legal measures concerning the athletes’ sports career in Portugal.