Before becoming a well-recognised mental health advocate, Amna Al Hadad was the UAE’s most talked about powerlifter.
She is the first Arab and GCC National to compete in the Reebok Crossfit Asia Regionals in Korea in 2012, the First Arab and GCC Woman to become a competitive covered weightlifter and first Emirati to compete in the 10th International Women Weightlifting Grand Prix in 2013, and played a crucial part in the 7-member Female UAE National Weightlifting team that competed to earn a quota for the Rio Olympics, in 2016.
But her most fulfilling accomplishment has been inspiring others with her story of overcoming mental health battles and competing in a predominantly male-dominated sport in the Middle East. The prolific advocate tells us about how she got drawn into the sport of weightlifting, how she beat the odds in her sport and life post-competition. We also discuss what it's like to have your very own wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds!
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The talk with Amna really inspired us and brought to light the importance of mental health in sport. We hope you enjoy it!
Dawn & Afshan