1705-Thuraya Alzaabi photo

Thuraya Alzaabi



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Four children

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007.
Why this sport?
She cycled and was a volleyball and basketball player before her stroke. Following her illness it took her seven months to start speaking again, and a year to regain her sense of balance. "It was a dark life, I didn't believe I could move. I could not speak so I wrote on paper. I could not sit and needed a belt to protect me from falling. But I didn't stop my life, because my heart didn't stop believing. My heart wanted to continue sports. It was my physical situation that led me to take up Para athletics. It is very difficult and requires greater effort."
Club / Team
Al Thiqah Club for the Impaired: Sharjah, UAE

General interest

A hand injury affected her performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 31 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Confidence, hope and determination makes a successful sportswoman." (, 11 Sep 2016)

"Nothing is impossible if you will it, if it is impossible then you haven't willed it." (, 16 Oct 2015)
She became the first woman from the United Arab Emirates to compete at the Paralympic Games when she participated at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2008)
A stroke at age 29 resulted in paralysis on the left side of her body. (Omar Sukkari YouTube channel, 10 Jul 2011;, 03 Sep 2012)
Other information
She was hospitalised in 2020 after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. "I managed to overcome the virus even though it was really hard because of my brain stroke. I was on a respirator for 10 days until I was able to breathe normally again. After that, I was in a critical situation and had to stay in the hospital for two weeks until I started to recover." (, 17 Dec 2020)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F32/33/34 Final Round 7
Women's Discus Throw F33/34/51-53 Final Round 10
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 8
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F32-34/51-53 Final Round 16
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 8
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F32-34 Final 2011-01-23 14
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final 2011-01-28 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F52/53/33/34 Final Round 2012-09-03 11
Women's Shot Put F32-34 Final Round 2012-09-06 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F33/34 Final 1 2013-07-23 9
Women's Shot Put F32-34 Final 1 2013-07-26 16
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2015-10-22 8
Women's Javelin F34 Final 1 2015-10-29 7