UAE-sponsored festival boosts new wave of British sporting heroines

London, 17 November 2017, WAM - The 12th annual Women of the Future Awards took place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, November 15th, and yielded a record number of nominations from a vast spectrum of careers and professions across 14 categories, including the Sport Award, which for the second consecutive year was sponsored by the H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival, Chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, together with Rawdha Al Otaiba, Deputy Head of Mission at the UAE Embassy in London, attended the ceremony to announce the result, which for the first time since the award’s inception, saw two winners crowned.

Torn between two finalists who have significantly impacted the lives of young adults and children through sport, the judges awarded the trophies to visually impaired Great British Goalball Player Dr. Sarah Leiter, who combines international level sport with studying medicine and pursuing research, and Alexandra Paske, Founder and Managing Director of Mintridge Events, a young people mentoring programme which harnesses the power of positive sporting role models.

Taking to the stage to congratulate the winner, Rawdha Al Otaiba delivered an inspirational speech to audience applause, which highlighted the UAE’s progressive and inclusive approach towards supporting and encouraging female success in all career disciplines, including sport, for which she praised the festival’s global horseracing activities and its sponsorship of the Women of the Future Awards.

Lara Sawaya said, "The quality of this year’s shortlist is the highest it’s ever been, and we are so proud to see horseracing’s Page Fuller, a young jockey who has overcome so many physical and emotional obstacles to return to racing following injury, recognised and celebrated for her career success.

"We commend the judges’ selections in Sarah and Alexandra, two incredible women who continue to inspire and benefit the lives of others through sport. These core values reflect the vision and objectives of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak... and we are delighted to reinforce and promote the principles of the festival by supporting the Awards."

The H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Flat Racing Festival is supported by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

Other sponsors and partners include, National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, National Archives, Emirates airlines, Emirates Racing Authority, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


d : 17 November 2017