Today 8th of March is globally recognized as International women’s day. International women’s day is a time to show the progress made by women’s and to celebrate their courage and determination for their countries. We Solute to the Emerging Pakistani Sports Legends on this International Women Day.
In a male dominated society it is rare for women in Pakistan to emerge specifically when choosing sports as destination. And yet there are women who not just dare to dream but made certain steps to achieve their goals.
On this women’s day, let’s have a look at a few emerging Pakistani sportswomen who are managing their ways through their dedication to shine in sports.
We Solute to the Emerging Pakistani Sports Legends on this International Women Day
Diana Baig was born in Hunza, is a Pakistani women’s cricketer and footballer who grew up playing street cricket and football with other children in Hunza Valley. From the streets, Baig starting playing community events and for local teams, and by 2010 she is leading the Gilgit-Baltistan women’s team. In 2012, she was selected for Pakistan’s A side, and then she was selected as a reserve player for the 2013 World Cup. In 2015 she finally won her first international cap playing for Pakistan against Bangladesh. She has been a member of the starting 11 football team as a defender.
Farzana Batool is an International footballer, who belongs from a small village of Chakwal. She was in her third grade at village school when she developed her interest in athletics. She faced lots of difficulties in pursuing her passion but her mother was always there to support her. In 2007, her mother took her to the Young Rising Stars (YRS) club.
In 2014, Farzana approached a football club in Oman and was immediately sign on. In 2017 she played in Australian Football League (AFL) for Pakistani team and won the award of ‘Most Courageous Player’. Recently, she took part in Quaid-e-Azam games as a captain of Punjab Football team and won a gold medal.
Twinkle Sohail is a 19 year old Pakistani Christian from Lahore who has made her country proud by bringing gold medal in weight lifting. She is the first Pakistani women who has won gold medal for weight lifting in any international event. She won gold medal in Asian Bench Press Championship in Oman, 2015.
Twinkle started her career as a cyclist but her coach discovered her power lifting abilities. Now she is encourage to go World’s Weight Lifting Championship in Florida next year.
Amina and Ifrah Wali
Amina and Ifrah Wali the skiing sisters from Ghizer Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, who started their career in skiing at very young ages. The wali sisters have several prizes for their skiing performances. They participated for the first time in a large skiing championship in the National Championship in 2002. They got their first gold medal in 2005 at National Skiing Championship held at Malam Jabba. In 2011, Amina secured first and Ifrah secured second place in the South Asian Winter games held in India, after beating Srilankan, Nepal and India. In January 2017 Ifrah Wali was named to Pakistan’s 2017 Asian Winter Games team.