Whether either win a medal or not, I am so very proud of Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani and Sarah Attar. These two Saudi women are trailblazers and go down in history as Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympians. They are setting a precedent and a legacy for other Saudi women to follow.
Their presence at the London 2012 Summer Olympics exemplifies the strength, determine, resolution and proud spirit of the Saudi woman. They also illustrate that it’s not only okay to pursue athletic challenges but give the best example of the importance of physical exercise to the Saudi people. Their presence should further emphasize the importance and strong need for physical education in schools for women as well as the need for female fitness and training centers around the Kingdom.
Yet, the world should not be surprised that Saudi Arabia has competent female athletes. For example, one only needs to look at the drive and dedication of the all female Jeddah United Basketball team. I hope to see them participating in a future Olympics.
Additionally, on a subject very near and dear to my own heart, a group of Saudi women led by HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar al Saud trekked to the Mount Everest Base camp earlier this year towards raising awareness of breast cancer. The Saudi women ranged in age from 25 to 50 years old. Each of them had been impacted in some way by breast cancer in their own lives whether as a breast cancer warrior or having someone close and dear to them battling the hateful disease. Achieving this lofty goal required dedication, discipline and a rigid training regime. They made their goal as the world cheered them on.
Saudi women are strong, intelligent, dedicated and more than capable of achieving any goal for which they strive.
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