Amna Al Haddad
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Amna Haddad is a self-made sports personality that made it to the Olympic qualifiers in weightlifting, inspiring women to pursue sport through her journey. She now speaks about lessons learned and how to preserve in the face of adversity.
Amna Al Haddad is a sports pioneer from the Gulf, freelance Journalist and motivational speaker. She is known for breaking the glass ceiling as an Olympic weightlifting athlete from the UAE. Prior to embarking on her athletic journey, Amna worked as a journalist at The National Newspaper in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and maintained a health and fitness blog ‘999 Fitness’, which she shared about at a Tedx event in 2011.
In 2012, she decided to turn her passion into a career and became a full-time athlete. Within the same year, her hard work and dedication paid off when she made history for becoming the first Arab woman to compete in the Reebok Crossfit Asia Regionals in Seoul, South Korea. By 2013, Amna broke even more barriers for Arab women by competing internationally and becoming the first competitive Weightlifter from the Gulf to do so in Hijab.
Having competed in the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio and several other international events, in 2016, Amna decided to realize her dream of participating in the Olympics in Rio. She set out to join her fellow UAE team members in competing at the Asian Championships Olympics qualifier in Uzbekistan. Despite her injuries, Amna persevered and her participation led to the UAE team gaining more qualifying points. These points were a defining factor in the UAE weightlifting team making it through to Rio. Amna was not able to continue the journey due to her injuries.
In 2015, the Clinton Foundation in collaboration with the Cosmopolitan USA selected Amna as one of eight incredible women for their ‘No Ceilings’ campaign. She also starred in Ray-Ban’s Middle East campaign, “Tough as Leather”. In 2015, Amna signed a contract with Nike and has already been featured in a global campaign, “Better For It” as well as a documentary, “Inner Strength, Raising the Bar”, which for the very first time featured a woman.
In 2016, she became the first Arab athlete invited to visit Nike HQ in Portland, Oregon to consult on challenges faced by Arab athletes and their needs, which then inspired the development of the Nike Pro Hijab that is to be officially in the market spring of 2018.
Amna has shared her story on CNN in hopes of inspiring more women to pursue their passion, whichever field that may be in. She was also featured in The Washington Post, New York Times and Forbes Middle East.
In 2016, she was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Journalism Fellowship for Mental Illness, in collaboration with Al Jalila Foundation, for the very first time to host the program in the UAE. Additionally, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, she received the Arab Woman Award in Sports last year for her sporting achievements.
Additionally, she was featured in a children’s book highlighting 100 inspirational women in the world, called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
Amna holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, with a minor in Psychology from the American University of Sharjah. She is currently writing a book to inspire a new generation of dreamers to follow their interests regardless of the barriers.