Shaikha Fatima attends award-giving ceremony for Shaikha Fatima Award for Women Athletes

HH Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union (GWU) and of Family Development Foundation (FDF), attended today a ceremony held at the Emirates Palace to honour 11 winners of the first cycle of Shaikha Fatima Award for Women Athletes.

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Published: Mon 22 Apr 2013, 8:50 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:55 AM

The award-giving ceremony was attended by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Shaikha Al Yaziya bint Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, wife of Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Shaikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, and a group of dignitaries and Emirati Arab and Gulf sports leaders.

The Award is a significant milestone in supporting the woman sporting movement not only in the UAE, but also in the international level, where Arab women has distinct sport achievements.

It aims at: Motivating women to develop their capabilities and skills in the various fields of sport to enable them to reach more achievements and attain excellence in creation; Encouraging women in general and women with disabilities to join different types of sports and to achieve excellence, superiority and leadership; Creating a proper framework to support and develop the women’s sporting sector in the UAE and in the Arab countries, in general and Supporting and highlighting the achievements of Arab women in the field of competitive sport, locally and internationally.

The list of winners included:

  • UAE Athlete of the Year; Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • International Athlete of the Year; Algeria’s Olympic gold winner Hassiba Boulmerka
  • Excellent woman Athlete; Egypt’s swimmer Farida Othman
  • Disabled Sport Women; UAE’s Noura Khalifa Al Kitbi
  • Excellent woman Coach;: Egypt’s Shireen Karam Tama
  • Excellent woman Media Presenter; Bahrain’s Nada Al Shaibani of Sky News Arabia
  • Excellent woman Sporting Administrator; Morocco’s former Olympic champion Nawal Al Matawakel
  • Excellent media programme in woman sport; Abu Dhabi Sports Channel
  • Development of juniors: Sharjah Ladies Club
  • Development of teams and efficient participation; UAE’s Women Football Committee

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