Abu Dhabi Educational Zone rules supreme in Girls Swimming Events by clinching 12 gold medals
22 April 2019 – UAE National Olympic Committee Media Center
Abu Dhabi Educational Zone had the upper hand in the girls swimming competition events of 7th School Olympics held the day before yesterday in Hamdan bin Mohammed Sports Complex in Dubai, and gained 12 gold medals. Next came Al Ain Educational Zone, which won 4 gold medals, and the third was Dubai Educational Zone with 3 gold medals.
Attendees of events included Shahel Al Tinaiji, Chairman of Sports Medicine Committee; and Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director of the NOC, who also presented awards to the winners.
Al Ain opened the competitions in the of 10-11 years category, winning the gold medal of the 25 m freestyle by student Malak Ahmed Allam. The runner-up was Lara Hourani from Dubai, followed in third place by Nadine Hilal from Abu Dhabi. In the second 25 m backstrokes, Lena Al-Azmah (from Dubai) was awarded the gold medal, followed by her teammate Lara Hourani in second place, and Rabab Al Obaidi (from Abu Dhabi) in third place.
Lina Al Azmah continued to shine and won the 25m breaststroke gold medal, with Malak Ahmed Allam of Al Ain and Nadine Hilal of Abu Dhabi in third place. Abu Dhabi Educational Zone domination started from Race 4 to win the gold, Dubai came second, and Sharjah in third place.
In the 12-13 years category, Manar Ali (Abu Dhabi) won the 25 freestyle gold medal, followed by Maryam Badu (from Sharjah) came second, ahead of Mizna Faisal (from Abu Dhabi) in third. Abu Dhabi continued to shine in the 50m freestyle by Amina Suissi, followed by Yasmin Al Shamsi from Al Ain, Manar Ali from Abu Dhabi in third place. Al returned to the winning ways in the 25m backstroke race to win the Gold by Yasmin Al Shamsi, followed by Mira Abdullah from Abu Dhabi and Fatima Nader from Sharjah.
In the 50m Backstroke contest, Ameena Swuaisi from Abu Dhabi finished first and Meera Abdullah from Abu Dhabi finished second. In the 25m Backstroke contest, Mezna Anees from Abu Dhabi won the golden medal, Tala Ayman from Sharjah finished second, and her fellow Safiya Khalid finished third. In the 50m Breaststroke race, Anfal Attas from Dubai won the golden medal, Shamma Sami from Fujairah finished second, and her fellow Reem Mahmoud finished third. In the 25m freestyle relay, Abu Dhabi team won the gold medal, Sharjah team finished second, whereas Fujairah ended in the third position.
In the 14-15 contest, Abu Dhabi achieved 6 gold medals in 8 races, through Huda Khalid in the 25m freestyle, Rahaf Hisham in the 50m freestyle, Fatima Essa in the 25m & 50m Backstroke, relay team in the 25m freestyle relay, whereas Al Ain won two gold medals in the 25m Backstroke and the 50m Breaststroke through Aya Khalid and Mahra Ghareeb respectively.
Hashel Al Tunaiji, Chairman of NOC Sports Medicine Committee, said that the School Olympics Programme is privileged by proper medical attention, while also stressing that the safety of the students is the number one priority.
“The School Olympics Programme plays a prominent role in shaping the personality of students and enabling them to define their goals and ambitions at an early stage. Its success has helped the students to achieve their goals based on well-studied, scientific steps, in cooperation with all the strategic partners.
“The School Olympics is a unique opportunity for UAE school students to get involved in games that help to enhance the movement and providing the UAE with outstanding talents who will compete strongly in the international forums.
“One of the greatest benefits of the 7th School Olympics Programme is the continuous benefiting from the Resolution of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to allow children of Emirati mothers, holders of passports that are under process and those born in the UAE to compete in official UAE sports competitions.
“The School Olympics Programme is the best place in terms of benefiting from this directive order, especially when taking into account that the children are at a young age and those who have outstanding talents can be used in representing the UAE in the future,” he concluded.
In the 2002-2003 boys badminton contest held at Al Hudaibiah Sports Hall in Dubai, Mohammed Ali from Dubai National School was the winner. Saud Mohammed Al Mazrouei from Wadi Hello School – Eastern Sharjah finished second. His fellow Abdullah Ali Al Mazrouei from the same school finished joint-third with Othman Omar Mohammed, from Dubai National School.
In the 2004-2005 contest, Abbas Wakeel from Dubai National School finished first, his fellow student Ali Abdullah Murad from the same school finished second. Mohammed Saif Al Mazrouei from Wadi Hello School – Eastern Sharjah finished joint-third with Abdullah Ahmed Salih from Dubai National School.
In the 2006-2007 contest, Hamed Saeed Al Mazrouei from Wadi Hello School – Eastern Sharjah finished first, Mohammed Wakeel from Dubai National School finished second, whereas Mohammed Ali Al Mazrouei from Wadi Hello finished joint-third with his fellow student Mansour Yousif Al Mazrouei from the same school.
Saeed Abdullah from Dubai International School achieved the first place in the 2008-2009 contest, his fellow student Abdulaziz Mohammed from the same school finished second. Hamad Abdullah from Dubai National School finished joint-third with his fellow student Mohammed Nasser Ahmed from the same school.
“There is no doubt that we are happy with what students have achieved so far in what looks like a competitive contest. These events shed light on several sports that need greater attention from the concerned authorities in the UAE. Such tournaments will help build their physical abilities and skills, enhancing their experience and getting more involved in the fair play and honest competition. We at the NOC, always stand behind our talented children, and encourage them to make the best use of various contests,” said H.E Talal Al Shanqiti, Acting Secretary-General of the NOC and the Director of the Executive Office of the School Olympics Programme.