‘Challenging Beyond Expectation’ to celebrate achievement of Qatari women in sport

Sheikha Asma al-Thani during North Pole training expedition.

Six inspirational individuals will be sharing their incredible stories of achieving success in women’s sport and health in a panel session open to all today. This will be immediately followed by sporting activities led by Qatar’s leading health and lifestyle professionals for female guests of all ages and abilities. Both activities are free to attend and no registration is necessary.

Organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) in collaboration with the Aspire Zone, the event aims to highlight and celebrate the extraordinary women in Qatar who are breaking down barriers and changing perceptions of women in sport in honour of International Women’s Day 2018. The event will provide an opportunity to create a conversation about what more can be done to inspire and empower more females to achieve their sporting dreams, whilst encouraging more females to live healthy and active lifestyles through the free sporting activities on offer.

Commenting on the event, Sheikha Asma al-Thani, panellist and Director of Marketing and Communications at the Qatar Olympic Committee, said: “International Women’s Day is a chance to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of women in Qatar and around the world so that more women are inspired and empowered to achieve their dreams. The QOC is organising this event not only to celebrate our successful women in sport and health but also to create a conversation about what we can all be doing as a society to further support the participation of more women in sport at any and every level. We invite everyone, men and women, to come down and participate in what we hope will be a fascinating and inspirational session.”

In addition to her role at the QOC, Sheikha Asma will later this month attempt to be the first Qatari to ski to the last degree of the North Pole as part of an international team of women from Western and Arabian cultures. The expedition aims to foster greater dialogue and understanding and inspire all women to reach beyond the expectation of others and fulfil their own ultimate life ambitions.

Sheikha Asma will be joined on the panel by youth activist at Education Above All and Education Excellence Award winner Dana al-Anazy, who together with Sheikha Asma became one of the first Qatari females to summit Mount Kiliminjaro in 2014.

Also participating will be entrepreneur Jawaher Alfardan, who co-founded Qatar’s first-ever vegan café and first-ever Qatari-owned yoga studio, swimmer Nada Mohamed, who is the first Qatari female to compete at two Olympic Games, Mariam Farid, 2019 IAAF World Championships Ambassador and a member of Qatar’s national athletics team and Suhail Choukou from the Qatar Paralympic Committee who closely supported Qatar’s first-ever global medallist Sara Masoud, who won para-athletics silver medals in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and London 2017 World Championships.

The event’s theme, ‘Challenging Beyond Expectation’ was inspired by the powerful women in Qatar that are motivating others, changing perceptions and are united to make a change and go beyond what they previously thought possible.
Men also are welcomed to the panel session to create a united front in supporting gender inclusivity and women’s equality in sport.

International Women’s Day takes place annually on March 8th and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Following the panel session, professional lifestyle coach Carla Mantoani and professional personal trainer Althia Malliaros will join Jawaher Alfardan in leading sporting activities, including cycling, yoga, boxing and more, and providing advice and guidance.

The event aims to support more women across Qatar lead healthy and active lifestyles, whilst increasing their confidence and raising awareness about the opportunities available to participate. The session is for women only and it’s is free of charge. Guests are requested to arrive to Al Shulaa Hall in the Aspire Zone across from Villaggio Mall at 5:45pm today for the the panel session. Sporting activities will begin immediately afterwards at 7:15pm.

You can keep up to date with all news and information on the event and activities on the Team Qatar social media channels, as well as by signing up to the Team Qatar Club, where you will also have access to exclusive content, offers and competitions. It is free and easy to sign up – just head to

Source: The Peninsula