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Latifa Alsuwaidi

Athletics | Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Occupation
Office Worker

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Dubai Club for Special Sports: United Arab Emirates
Name of coach
Abdulla Sultan Alaryani [national], UAE; Mohamed Hussein [national]

General interest

Milestones
She became the first Emirati female athlete to win a medal at a shooting Para sport international competition when she claimed bronze in the R2 10m air rifle standing event at the 2019 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports [IWAS] World Games in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (khaleejtimes.com, 13 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (alittihad.ae, 04 Jun 2019; emaratalyoum.com, 12 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She has been affected by lower body paralysis since birth. (alittihad.ae, 04 Jun 2019; alkhaleej.ae, 18 Aug 2009)
Other information
BOOK
In 2018 she published a book entitled 'Latifa's Steps', where she shares her experiences living with an impairment. "This book talks about the experiences and challenges of employees with impairments and about others who achieved notable goals in all industries. My book goes through my experience and my challenges, it talks about how I didn't let my impairment stop me from living." (alittihad.ae, 04 Jun 2019)

OCCUPATION
She works in the general directorate of residency and foreigners affairs at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. (alittihad.ae, 04 Jun 2019; gulfnews.com, 03 Oct 2015)