Amna Al Haddad
LEADING THE WAY
Sports Pioneer from the Middle East


In The Press

+ August 03, 2016 – CNN: Arab weightlifter empowers women

Amna Haddad says it’s very frustrating to be a female athlete in the male-dominated Middle East. The 26-year-old Emirati never imagined her team of female weightlifters would ever land a spot at the Olympics. They did.

+ July 28, 2016 -Step Feed: UAE’s Amna Al-Haddad has ‘lifted a nation’

The United Arab Emirates is sending its second female Olympic weightlifter to Rio 2016, after Khadija Mohammad placed 12th in the women’s heavyweight event at London 2012. While the UAE’s female weightlifting Olympic berth was granted to Ayesha Al-Balooshi, it was the result of a team effort.

+ July 19, 2016 – Weyana: سلسلة الأولمبياد: أحلام وأحمال

مع اقتراب موعد دورة الألعاب الأولمبية في ريو لعام 2016، نلقي الضوء في هذه السلسلة على الأبطال الأولمبيين في الإمارات، والمشاركين في الدورات السابقة، والآمال المعقودة.

نتحدث في الحلقة التالية ضمن هذه السلسة مع آمنة الحداد بطلة رفع الأثقال البالغة من العمر 26 سنة، والتي بدأت مسيرتها الرياضية قبل خمس سنوات. لم تكن آمنة تعلم ما ينتظرها عندما وضعت المشاركة الأولمبية نصب عينيها، ولكن بعد سنوات من المثابرة والعمل الدؤوب، تمكنت من حجز مكان لها ضمن الفريق الوطني الإماراتي المتأهل إلى الألعاب الأولمبية.

+ July 15, 2016 – 7 days: Amna Al Haddad glad to play her part for UAE Olympic team

It was four years ago that Amna Al Haddad decided to leave behind the world of journalism in order to create her own story.

+ July 13, 2016 – NY Times: Meet the new generation of Middle Eastern women aiming for Olympic glory

 Meet the new generation of Middle Eastern women aiming for Olympic glory – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW Meet the new generation of Middle Eastern women aiming for Olympic glory – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

In a series of wide-ranging interviews — with 20 athletes of seven nationalities plus their coaches and families — The Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper has set out to map the rise of female athletes in the Middle East in the 2010s.

+ July 13, 2016 – Huffing Post: Sports: A barometer of Saudi reform

Mohammed Simsim, the president of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting Federation, embodies existential dilemmas involved in Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s effort to reform and diversify the kingdom’s energy dependent and public sector driven economy.

+ July 11, 2016 – Washington Post: Middle Eastern women were once discouraged from sport. A new generation now chases Olympic glory

DUBAI — In a coffeehouse with the world’s tallest building preening from two miles out the front window, here sits another groundbreaker: a 26-year-old, female, Emirati, Arab, Muslim, competitive weightlifter with a vitality in her tone, a hijab on her head and a herniated disk hollering from her lower back.

+ June 29, 2016 -ARN News: UAE women’s weightlifting team qualify for Olympics

The UAE women’s weightlifting team’s qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio later this year is a big step for the sport in the country.

+ June 29, 2016 -Step Feed: Qatar, Morocco, Iraq, UAE weightlifters win spots at Rio 2016

The Olympic doping chronicles continue, and this time, the fallout has shifted the odds were in favor of weightlifters from Qatar, Morocco, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

+ June 27, 2016 – Olympics Rio 2016: Amna Al Haddad – Transformation of an Athlete from Journalist to Weightlifter

Amna Al Haddad (born 21 Oct 1989) is a UAE national weightlifter. Her fitness journey began when she was about 19 years old.

+ June 26, 2016 – Al Ittihad: ترتيبات خاصة للأثقال قبل المشاركة في ريو 2016

كدت خلود عبيد عضو اتحاد الأثقال رئيسة الفريق النسائي أن ثقتهم كانت كبيرة في تأهل المنتخب إلى نهائيات أولمبياد ريو 2016 بالبرازيل رغم أن المنتخب ابتعد بفارق نقطتين فقط عن التأهل الرسمي بحصوله على المركز السابع برصيد 82 نقطة في التصفيات الآسيوية التي استضافتها أوزبكستان في أبريل الماضي، مشيرة إلى أن المنتخب كان يطمح للوصول إلى 84 نقطة، حتى يضمن تأهله رسمياً إلى الأولمبياد للمرة الثانية على التوالي في تاريخه.

+ June 6, 2016 – Sport 360: UAE women’s weightlifters handed Rio Olympics spot after doping crackdown

UAE women’s weightlifters handed Rio Olympics spot after doping crackdown.

+ June 2016 – Weyakum: Amna Al Haddad

Amna Al Haddad is a UAE national weightlifter. Her passion for health and fitness started in 2007 after which she was introduced to crossfit in April 2011. She made history by being the first Emirati and GCC national to compete in the Asia Regionals and the first and only Muslim woman to do so in a headscarf. Prior to being a full-time athlete, she worked full-time for The National newspaper as a reporter (June 2011 – June 2012).

+ May 1, 2016 – Emirates Woman: How Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad Paves The Way For Arab Women

“One day, I woke up and realised I couldn’t continue living like this,” exclaims Amna al Haddad, who at 19 began a journey that would transform her life and make her a role model among women in the Middle East – something she never expected.

+ April 29, 2016 – Toyeen B’s World: Photos: Meet the first Dubai lady, Amna Al Haddad to feature in global Nike campaign

With the Olympics around the corner, there will be a lot of interest from the UAE to see how our athletes perform. One person hoping for success is Amna Al Haddad , the 26-year-old Emirati weightlifter.

+ April 27, 2016 – AdWeek: One Tough Hijabi Stars in Nike Training’s Latest Ad About Inner Strength: A profile that breaks the mold

Female weightlifter Amna Al Haddad appears in the latest online documentary for Nike Training’s “Inner Strength” series. The young athlete hails from the United Arab Emirates and hopes to qualify for Rio 2016.

+ April 21, 2016 – Inner Strength: Amna Al Haddad Raises the Bar

Five years ago, Amna Al Haddad was a young journalist in the United Arab Emirates with an unhealthy lifestyle. This April 25, she hopes to qualify for Rio.

+ April 13, 2016 – Alkhaleej: آمنة تحلم ب ريو دي جانيرو2016

كانت آمنة الحداد، لاعبة الأثقال الإماراتية قبل خمس سنوات، صحفية شابة في الإمارات تعيش أسلوب حياة غير صحيّ، إلا أنها تأمل في 25 إبريل/‏نيسان الحالي أن تتأهّل للمشاركة في الألعاب الأولمبية لعام 2016 التي ستجري في مدينة ريو دي جانيرو.

+ April 13, 2016 – Popsugar: Meet the Emirati Weightlifter Vying For a Spot on The UAE Olympic Team

Amna Al Haddad never set out to be a world-class weightlifter. In fact, just a few years ago, she was “depressed and overweight,” as she explained to Nike in the ninth installment of their Inner Strength Documentary series.

+ April 12, 2016 – Alittihad: منتخب الأثقال يغازل الحلم الأولمبي بأوزبكستان

تابع رباعو ورباعات المنتخب الوطني لرفع الأثقال مرحلة الحصص التدريبية في صالة «بارج» بإمارة رأس الخيمة ضمن المرحلة الأخيرة من الإعداد قبل الانتقال إلى المشاركة في التصفيات الآسيوية المؤهلة إلى أولمبياد ريو 2016 التي تستضيفها أوزبكستان من 20 إلى 30 أبريل الحالي.

+ April 12, 2016 – Sport360: Emirati weightlifting champion Amna Al Haddad hoping to inspire next generation of Emirati sportswomen

Emirati Weight Lifting Champion Amna Al Haddad will find out whether or not she will have a spot in the Olympics on April 25th when she competes in the Asian Championships in Uzbekistan.

+ April 12, 2016 – Gulf News: Al Haddad blazes a trail for Muslim women

Dubai: Emirati weightlifter Amnah Al Haddad heads to Uzbekistan for the Asian Championships on April 25 to try and secure a place at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

+ April 12, 2016 – Arabian News: لاعبة الأثقال الإماراتية آمنة الحداد تكسر قواعد الرياضة وتطمح بالوصول إلى الألعاب الأولمبية 2016

كانت آمنة الحداد، لاعبة الأثقال الإماراتية قبل خمس سنوات صحافية شابة في الإمارات العربية المتحدة تعيش أسلوب حياة غير صحيّ. إلا أنها تأمل في 25 أبريل/نيسان القادم أن تتأهّل للمشاركة في الألعاب الأولمبية لعام 2016 التي ستجري في مدينة ريو دي جانيرو.

+ March 23, 2016 – 7 Days: UAE weightlifter Amna Al Haddad hopes to make Olympic dream a reality

This statement provides a glimpse into the mindset of Amna Al Haddad, who four years ago gave up a successful career in journalism to pursue an Olympic dream……

+ March 21, 2016 – Canton Rep: Jackson gym pumps up athletes for unrivaled success

In a windowless room, tucked behind a construction business in a nondescript plaza, a group of athletes is working to shatter records and change minds……

+ Feb 11, 2016 – The National: My UAE: We have lift off with the Olympics hopeful Amna Al Haddad

Amna Al Haddad has a lot “weighing” on her mind – chiefly, qualifying for this summer’s Olympics in Rio…..

+ Feb 7, 2016 – Girls Gone Strong: GGS Spotlight: Amna Al Haddad

My fitness journey began when I was about 19 years old. I was leading a very unhealthy lifestyle: eating all the wrong things and doing nothing about it. One day, I woke up and realized that I couldn’t continue living like that!….

+ Feb 2, 2016 – NY Daily: Inspired by Amna, and other athletes to become the first world Hijabi ballerina

Sydney schoolgirl Stephanie Kurlow wants to become the first hijabi ballerina in the world – and to open a dance school for girls of all backgrounds to pirouette in her footsteps….

+ Jan 18, 2016 – Akhbarek: آمنة الحداد، رافعة الأثقال الإماراتية التي تطمح للوصول إلى اولمبيات 2016

تلازمنا في الحياة  الكثير من المفاهيم والمعتقدات الخاطئة والصحيحة، وهي التي تقودنا إلى اماكن كثيرة وتشكل أهدافنا وطموحاتنا. ولعل الرياضة وممارستها من اكثر الامور المثيرة للجدل خاصةً عندما تدخل فتاة في حديث رياضي، وكأن الرياضة والتفكير بها وممارستها حكراً على الرجال فقط. فأتساءل ما نوع الجدل الذي سيثار لو مارست فتاة رياضة لا يمارسها إلا الرجال؟ 

+ Jan 14, 2016 – WKSU: Arab weightlifter’s Olympic dreams nurtured in Akron

Amna Al Haddad is a pioneer in the sport of weightlifting. In 2012 she became the first Arab woman to compete in the Asian Crossfit regionals in Korea, and the first to do so wearing a hijab, or head scarf….

+ Jan 13, 2016 – Emirates Woman: How Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad Paved The Way For Arab Women

“One day, I woke up and realised I couldn’t continue living like this,” exclaims Amna al Haddad, who at 19 began a journey that would transform her life and make her a role model among women in the Middle East – something she never expected. …

+ Jan 9, 2016 – Caravan Daily: It’s Not Hijab; Islamophobia is the Problem

The saying ‘stick and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ has been proven false since the tragedy of 911. It has been through words of propaganda, …

+ Jan 7, 2016 – Style Arabia: Emirati Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad’s Inspirational Story

In light of the launch of the Nike + Training Club (NTC) app in Arabic, Nike has teamed up with Emirati champion weightlifter Amna Al Haddad to create a short film…

+ Jan 6, 2016 – Creavinci: Overcoming Adversity: Amna’s Tale of Perserverance

Victory prevails in the United Arab Emirates as a mature Olympic weightlifter transcends the limits of the country’s emerging athletic culture. Four years ago, Amna Al-Haddad decided to quit her full-time job as a journalist to pursue her passion for sports, a rather unusual aspiration for an Emirate woman….

Nike NTC Arabic Launch

+ Dec 29, 2015 – Yasmina: الرياضية آمنة الحداد في لقاء حصري مع ياسمينة بالتعاون مع نايكي

بعد انطلاق حملة نايكي الجديدة لهذا العام، التي تشجّع النساء على التمرين الرياضي بشكل جدي ومستمر من خلال قصص ملهمة لرياضيات متألقات حققن أهدافاً ونجاحات عدة في الشرق الأوسط، تعرّفنا على الإماراتية آمنة الحداد التي اختارت أن تنتقل إلى أوهايو لتحقق أهدافها الرياضية لهذه السنة، وحظينا برحلة حصرية استغرقت حوالي الـ 17 ساعة لنصل إلى مدينة أكرون في ولاية أوهايو، المكان الذي اختارته آمنة ليكون مقرها لفترة وجيزة حيث تمارس تدريباتها المكثفة لتمارين رفع الأثقال.

ترعرت الرياضية آمنة في عائلة تحب النجاح والأهداف، فوالدتها كانت من أوائل الحاصلات على منحة للدراسة في الأردن. فتبعت آمنة خطوات والدتها، واختارت أن تعبر البحار والمسافات لتحقق حلمها، وهو احتراف رياضة رفع الأثقال، والوصول إلى مبارايات الأولمبياد لعام 2016.

+ Dec 29, 2015 – Buro 24/7: Nike’s new inspiring short film unveils Arabic Nike+ Training Club app

Nike have teamed up with Emirati weightlifter Amna Al Haddad once again as they announce the launch of the Nike+ Training Club app in Arabic…

+ Nov 15, 2015 – Buro 24/7: Amna Al Haddad’s Olympic Dream

After scoring nine medals at the IWF Asian Interclub Championships and kick starting the Nike 10k in Dubai, Amna Al Haddad now has the Rio Olympics in her sights.

+ Nov 14, 2015 – Emarat Al Youm:13 ألف عداء يشاركون في سباق دبي للجري

شهدت دبي، أمس، إقامة سباق «نايكي» لمسافة 10 كيلومترات في وسط مدينة دبي،

الذي افتتحته نجمة رفع الأثقال الاماراتية آمنة الحداد، حيث حظي بمشاركة 13 ألف عداء بالقرب من برج خليفة، وأطلق على سباق دبي للجري اسم «WE RUN DXB».

+ Nov 13, 2015 – Emarat Al Youm:بطلة رفع أثقال إماراتية تحلم بأولمبياد 2016

كشفت بطلة رفع الأثقال الإماراتية، آمنة الحداد، أنها تسعى جاهدة لتمثيل الدولة في دورة الألعاب الأولمبية 2016 التي تقام في مدينة ريو دي جانيرو البرازيلية، مؤكدة على حظوظها في وضع بصمتها في هذه الرياضة الشاقة والصعبة على الفتيات.

+ Başarılı Halterci Amna Al Haddad İle Röportaj

Birleşik Arap Emirliklerinin en başarılı kadınlarından biri olan Amna Al Haddad ile halter sporundaki başarılarına ve Müslüman kadınların profesyonel spor yolculuğuna dair keyifi bir söyleşi gerçekleştirdik

+ Oct 7, 2015 – PurePharma: Meet Olympic Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad

At 22 she became the first woman from the United Arab Emirates to compete in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open. Later that year she became the first woman from her country to compete at the Asia Regionals. Not only was she the first woman, but the only Muslim woman do so in a headscarf.  At 23, she competed in her Arnold Weightlifting Competition where she was the first person, male or female to compete from the UAE.

+ June 17, 2015 – 21 Emirati woman achievers profiled in coffee-table book

Dubai – A book containing stories of 21 successful local ladies called Emirati Women Achievers was released at Le Meriden Hotel in Dubai on Sunday evening. The 184-page coffee-table book in English has been published by Xponent Media, the UAE-based publishing company which has previously published the titles Pacesetters, Pacesetters 2 and Gen Next Indians.

+ May 7, 2015 – 58 ميدالية عربية وآسيوية تقود «الأثقال» إلى الأضواء

كسبت البعثة الإماراتية لرفع الأثقال الرهان، خلال مشاركتها في بطولة كأس العرب وغرب آسيا، التي أقيمت على مدار الأيام الماضية في العاصمة الأردنية عمان، وذلك بعدما طوقت الميداليات الملونة أعناق رباعونا ورباعتنا بحصيلة بلغت 58 ميدالية، فيما كان التفوق الأبرز للفتيات الإماراتيات اللواتي حققن المركز الأول في فئة السيدات والشابات والناشئات، في إنجاز ثلاثي يعكس التطور الذي يحققهن الفتيات رغم محدودية وضعف الإمكانات المادية والتهميش الذي تعانيه رياضة رفع الأثقال عموماً.

+ May 6, 2015 -:مؤتمرأبوظبي خطوة لإزالة الحواجز أمام المرأة الرياضية
اختتمت أمس فعاليات مؤتمر أبوظبي الدولي الثالث لرياضة المرأة الذي عقد بقصر الإمارات على مدار يومين، تحت رعاية سمو الشيخة فاطمة بنت مبارك رئيسة الاتحاد النسائي العام الرئيسة الأعلى لمؤسسة التنمية الأسرية رئيسة المجلس الأعلى للأمومة والطفولة «أم الإمارات»، وبمتابعة الشيخة فاطمة بنت هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان رئيسة مجلس إدارة أكاديمية فاطمة بنت مبارك للرياضة النسائية، تحت شعار «رياضة.. بلا حواجز».
+ March 20, 2015 – آمنة الحداد.. رافعة الأثقال

كسرت آمنة الحداد قاعدة أن تكون رياضة رفع الأثقال للرجال فقط، وبعزيمتها وعملها الجاد دخلت هذا العالم، وهي تستعد للمنافسة في بطولة عالمية.

+ Jan 17, 2015 – UAE Youth are upbeat about future, survey finds

Most young people perceive themselves to be in good health, with 97 per cent of both age groups rating their health as either “very good” or “good.”

Two out of three of those surveyed exercised regularly but, young women were less likely to exercise than young men. Amna Al Haddad, an Emirati weightlifter who is hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics, said she was pleased that the results indicated many of her compatriots were taking up exercise.

+ Jan 1, 2015- Team SCA News: Woman Emirati Weightlifter Joins Team SCA in ProAm Race
Earlier today, Amna Al Haddad, a 25-year-old United Arab Emirates weightlifter aiming for the 2016 Olympics, joined Team SCA in a ProAm Race in Abu Dhabi. Besides being a weightlifter who is aiming high, Amna is also a strength coach, motivational speaker and freelance journalist.
+ Dec 9, 2014 – Cosmopolitan USA: 8 Incredible Women Who Will Inspire You to Break the Rules
Meet eight women who don’t take no for an answer, and join Cosmo and the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings initiative in raising a glass to the world-rocking work they do. Then go forth and conquer your world.
+ Sept 2, 2014 -أكاديمية «أم الإمارات» ترعى بطلات رفع الأثقال والتزلج على الجليد

أعلنت أكاديمية فاطمة بنت مبارك للرياضة النسائية رعايتها الرسمية لاثنتين من الرياضيات من بطلات الإمارات في رفع الأثقال والتزلج على الجليد، وذلك في إطار نهجها الوطني وخططها الاستراتيجية ورسالتها الهادفة لدعم مساعي الارتقاء والتفوق لشريحة رياضة المرأة الإماراتية في جميع الاستحقاقات القارية والدولية..

+ Aug 5, 2014 -Balanced Body Mind: Working with Amna’
In the past few months I have had the pleasure of working with Amna Al Haddad. She is a motivated, strong woman with a goal of training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. When I first met Amna she was a little disappointed with her progress and felt like she had hit a wall with her training.

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+ Aug 5, 2014 -Excentrik Soundtracks Amna Al Haddad’s Story in ‘Tough As Leather’
Emirati weightlifter Amna Al Haddad is the star of “Tough As Leather,” the latest installment in Ray-Ban’s “Order of Never Hide” campaign. In the video, the 24-year-old Al Haddad shows off her workout routine – which she hopes will take her to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio.
+ Aug 1, 2014 – اتحاد الأثقال يكرم لاعبات المنتخب
أسفرت نتائج التجارب الرسمية التي خاضها منتخب الآنسات لرفع الأثقال عن تحقيق العديد من الأرقام الجيدة التي تؤكد أن المنتخب يسير في الاتجاه الصحيح قبل خوضه للاستحقاقات الرسمية المقبلة ومنها البطولة العربية المقرر إقامتها في تونس خلال شهر أكتوبر/تشرين الأول

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+ July 18, 2014, آمنة الحداد رباعة إماراتية واعدة هدفها أولمبياد 2016
أشاد اتحاد الإمارات لرفع الأثقال على لسان أمينه العام فيصل الحمادي بمشاركة الرباعة الإماراتية آمنة الحداد في بطولة الجائزة الكبرى لرفع الأثقال للآنسات التي جرت في ألمانيا مؤخراً .
واعتبرها الحمادي من الرباعات الواعدات التي يعول عليها اتحاد اللعبة آمالاً كبيرة خلال السنوات المقبلة.
+ June 29, 2014, Emirati Female Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad is in Ray-Ban’s The Order of Never Hide
Fiery-spirited 23-year-old Emirati female weightlifter Amna Al Haddad has been training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio…..  It’s just the kind of spirit that’s a perfect fit for The Order of Never Hide – www.ray-ban.com/orderofneverhide – a viral worldwide campaign which requires participants to complete a set of 5 challenges on the official Ray-Ban website.
+ June 1, 2014, German Newspaper on 11th International Women Grand Prix Weightlifting
Traditionell wird Gewichtheben noch immer als Sport für harte Männer wahrgenommen. Was bewegt eine Frau dazu, in diese Männerdomäne einzudringen und am „Women Grand Prix“, der europaweit größten Veranstaltung im Frauen-Gewichtheben, teilzunehmen? Während des Wettbewerbs beim AV 03 Speyer sprach Dr. Alexander Amberg mit Amna Al Haddad, 24, aus der Nationalmannschaft der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate.
+ May 21, 2014, First Pull: Interview with Amna S. Al Haddad from UAE
Today, I present you an interview with one of the few women lifter from UAE ( United Arab Emirates). She certainly is the first woman from UAE to compete internationally. She indeed competed at the 2014 Arnolds and at the 10th Woman Grand Prix in Austria. While she is relatively new to weightlifting, she has goals that she intends to reach. Her goal is to compete at the Olympics, where she would actually be the first woman from UAE to do so. Her story is one of women empowerment, struggle and perseverance.
+ May 12, 2014, Ummah Sports: UAE weightlifter Amna Al Haddad eyes the 2016 Olympics
During an early-May training session in Dubai, 24-year-old weightlifter Amna Al Haddad was attempting to hoist more than two-thirds of her body weight above her head when one of her elbows bent slightly, her knees buckled a bit, and the barbell slipped from her hands. The mass of steel came crashing down on her upper back before rolling off.

Even for a competitive lifter, that kind of moment is frightening. Never mind seeing your athletic career flash before your eyes; a mistake in the weight room can negatively impact how you walk and talk for the rest of your life. For the 5-foot-2 Al Haddad, she escaped this slip-up with just a bruise.

And yet taking those risks and overcoming that fear is part of what draws Al Haddad to weightlifting. A career journalist who quit her job to devote more time to her sport, Al Haddad is making a bid to represent the United Arab Emirates at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

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+ March 18, 2014 – AUS alumna turns to crowdfunding to finance her Olympic dreams
For weightlifter and AUS alumna Amna Al Haddad, representing the UAE at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil would be a dream come true. To make that happen, she has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise financial support for her training and travel.

“Finding financial support and sponsors for my sport has been a very big challenge. Therefore, I have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Aflamnah website (http://bit.ly/Ot1At3) to raise funds for my 2016 Rio Olympics program, and I am inviting people to contribute and be part of my journey.

+ March 5, 2014 – Ahlan Hot 100: The Emirati weightlifter leading the way
When Emirati journalist Amna gained 8kg of body fat due to the medication she was taking after falling sick, it spurred her into taking drastic action to achieve a healthier lifestyle. What began with a walk around Safa Park led to her revisiting an interest in weight-lifting, which she had developed two years prior with no specific goal in mind. Committed this time around to making a real difference to her physique, Amna embarked on a journey of competitive sports, beginning with CrossFit, which develops skill, strength and conditioning. It was here that she received an introduction to Olympic weightlifting.
+ Feb 12, 2014 – Emirati woman weightlifter: Help me get to Olympics
Dubai: Amna Al Haddad’s dream of becoming the first Emirati woman weightlifter to take part in the Olympics has hit a roadblock. The 24-year-old, who is hoping to represent the UAE in the 2016 Rio Olympics, is desperately looking for sponsors to fund her participation in international tournaments on the road to the Olympic Games.
+ July 2013 – Events: Talents support Du Walkathon

- Can you introduce yourself?I am 23-year-old Emirati full-time competitive Olympic weightlifter, a freelance sports journalist, and a coach.2- When did you start pursuing a healthy lifestyle?

I started leading a healthy lifestyle four years ago with the goal of getting fit; fast forward four years later I realized there is more to sports than just physical activity.

+ May 2013 – 16 Nationen zu Gast beim Grand Prix in Brunn
Translated: Under the 10th International “ASVÖ NE” Women Weightlifting Grand Prix are athletes and teams from 16 nations in the double sports hall of Brunn am Gebirge guest. In addition to the sporting showdown the meeting is all about the encounter and friendship. The 10 May celebrated the opening also showed that strength training of the ladies can be quite charming, without compromising athletic performance. noe24 was there and has captured impressions around the “Opening Ceremony”:
+ May 17, 2013 – UAE female weightlifter Al Haddad aiming for Rio 2016: Emirati eyeing Olympics after breaking new ground overseas
Dubai: Powerful things come in small packages, to modify a truism. In this vein, Amna Al Haddad possesses a remarkable physical and mental strength that belies her diminutive stature and charming candour.

Hoisting barbells that weigh more than her body weight above her head with regular ease, the Dubai-born female weightlifter is one of the UAE’s most promising young athletes. And she believes she has a real chance of representing her country at the Olympic Games in Brazil come 2016.

+ May 10, 2013 – The National: Weightlifter hoping to inspire nation’s women
Amna Al Haddad, 23, is the first covered Emirati competitive weightlifter. At a recent forum in Dubai of the UAE chapter of 85 Broads, a US-founded global network of businesswomen, she spoke about choosing Olympic training over a career in journalism – she is a former reporter for The National.
+ May, 2013 – AMEinfo: 85Broads holds its annual 2013 Global Forum in Dubai
85Broads, the exclusive global network of 30,000 trailblasing businesswomen, held its annual 2013 Global Forum in Dubai this week. The event brought together around 200 of the most motivating and successful women from across the region.
+ April 7, 2013 – Asraroha: The Weightlifter
Weightlifting is definitely considered a man’s sport by most people. How did you first become involved? And what would you say to people who hold that opinion?

The way I view weightlifting is like any sport. Sport should be considered for both genders without any discrimination and provide equal opportunity as sport help develop self-esteem, improve health and fitness, confidence, lowers risk of illness and a lot more.

+ March 21, 2013 – Sport 360: Amna Al Haddad: Giving women’s sport a huge lift
Emirati weightlifter and Olympic hopeful Amna Al Haddad has just returned from her second competition – and trip – out of the country where she rubbed shoulders with and learned from the sport’s elite at the Arnold Weightlifting Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
She came away with a host of information on the ins and outs of lifting on a competitive level as she prepares for Rio 2016.  Sport360 took the chance to speak to the 23-year-old about her day-to-day life and what the future holds.
+ March 3, 2013 – Forbes Middle East: خريجة من أميركية الشارقة تمثل الإمارات في مسابقة أرنولد الدولية لرفع الأثقال
خريجة الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة آمنه حداد حاليا، وطنها دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، في بطولة أرنولد الدولية لرفع الأثقال والتي تقام هذا الأسبوع في كولومبوس، أهايو، الولايات الأمريكية المتحدة. وبطولة أرنولد لرفع الأثقال هي واحدة من المسابقات الرائدة للاتحاد الدولي لرفع الأثقال. وقد تنافست خلاله شخصيات عالمية حائزة على أرقام قياسية عالمية من بلغاريا، والولايات المتحدة، وبريطانيا، وروسيا والصين، وجزر المحيط الهادئ وأرمينيا على العديد من الجوائز، والمنح الدراسية والنقدية منذ عام 2003.
+ March 3, 2013 – AUS alumna to participate in international weightlifting tournament
Amna Al Haddad, an alumna of American University of Sharjah (AUS), is currently representing the UAE at the Arnold Weightlifting Championships (AWC) held this week in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

The Arnold Weightlifting Championships is one of the International Weightlifting Federation’s leading competitions. World-record holders from Bulgaria, the United States, Great Britain, Russia, China, Pacific Islands and Armenia have competed in Columbus since 2003 for numerous prizes, scholarships and cash.

+ March 1, 2013 – MBC.net: المرأة الحديدية… الربّاعة الإماراتية آمنة الحداد

(دبي – mbc.net) يخطئ من يعتقد أن هناك رياضات يقتصر ممارستها على الرجال فحسب وذلك مع اقتحام المرأة لمختلف أنواع الرياضة وحتى تلك التي يستبعد كثيرون تواجد الجنس اللطيف في ميادينها، فالإماراتية آمنة الحداد كسرت الصورة السائدة في مخيلة كثيرين بممارستها رفع الأثقال وتصميمها على المشاركة في الألعاب الأولمبية القادمة.

+ February 23, 2013 – Sport360 written by Amna Al Haddad: Get the whole clan involved: The Family Martial Arts Academy
There are far more interesting ways out there to turn your life around than reading a self-help book or joining a gym – and taking up martial arts is certainly one of them.

Indeed the sport made such an impression on Emirati mixed martial artist Wael Al-Sayegh that he started his own academy.

And with the Family Martial Arts Academy in Dubai, the clue is in the name, with the doors open to beginners, pros, kids and adults alike.

+ February 23, 2013 – Sponsored by Al Darmaki, Emirati Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad to participate in her first international tournament
I am happy to announce that on the first week of March Ms. Amna will be participating in her first international tournament: The 2013 Arnold Weightlifting Championships at Columbus Weightlifting. As her official sponsor with association by one of my family’s group of companies “Atlas Travel & Tourism”, I take pride in knowing that my companies and I are helping to further show the UAE as being one of the top countries ranking for Gender Empowerment.
+ February 2, 2013 – MyMetroTalk: Talent of the Month: Amna Al Haddad
Amna Al Haddad is someone with not only big dreams, but also the vision to achieve them. She recently made history for the UAE by being the first Emirati and GCC national – among men and women – to compete in the Reebok Crossfit Asia Regionals, and currently the only Emirati covered female weightlifter. A full-time athlete and freelance sports journalist, she’s on a quest to represent the UAE in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics in Brazil in weightlifting.
+ December 4 2012 – Sport360 written by Amna Al Haddad: Break the shackles with the 27 Million Project
When Katie Pattison-Hart took the challenge to be part of the first female crew to row the Atlantic unaided to raise awareness on human trafficking, she had no physical strength. But that didn’t stop her.
+ December 2 2012 – Gulf News: The UAE Stars
Al Haddad is one of the UAE’s most exciting, up-and-coming sporting exports. She is the only Emirati woman to compete at the punishing Reebok CrossFit Asia Regionals and wants to represent the UAE at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I always found the weights room…
+ November 16 2012 – Al Arabiya: Emirati female weightlifter dreams of Olympics
Twenty-three year old Amna al-Haddad trains five times a week under the close eye of a trainer in a private gym in Dubai – one of a small group of women training as competitive weightlifters in the country.
+ November 15 2012 – Reuters: تلفزيون- رباعة إماراتية تحلم بالاشتراك في الأولمبياد
تتدرب آمنة الحداد (23 عاما) خمس مرات أسبوعيا تحت إشراف مدربها في قاعة للألعاب الرياضية في دبي ضمن مجموعة صغيرة جدا من الفتيات يمارسن رياضة رفع الأثقال.
+ November 8 2012 – Sport 360 written by Amna Al Haddad: SAIF THABET: JUMPING OFF TO NEW CHALLENGE ON THE GREENS
Saif Thabet started off as a show jumper at the tender age of nine and showed so much promise in the sport that three years later he made it to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Children’s International Jumping Final.
+ October 30 2012 – Aquarius: AMNA AL HADDAD: I CHOSE A FIT LIFE
Three years ago, Emirati Amna Al Haddad dragged herself out of her laziness and off her sofa to go for a solitary, miserable walk around Safa Park. Now she’s got her sights set on the 2016 Olympics
+ October 23 2012 – New York Times: AMID GLARES, FEMALE WEIGHT LIFTERS COMPETE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In a private gym tucked away in the warren of villas in the ritzy Jumeirah district here, Amna Al Haddad, a 22-year-old, adjusted her head scarf, bent to a dumbbell rack and jerked 100 pounds, roughly her body weight, into the air.
+ October 4 2012 – Sport 360 written by Amna Al Haddad: MARIAM AL OMAIRA: TORCHBEARER OF WOMEN’S UAE FOOTBALL
Mariam Al Omaira was told many times in her childhood that she shouldn’t play soccer, but the 26-year-old Emirati did anything but listen.
+ August 3 2012 – Sport 360 written by Amna Al Haddad: WEIGHTLIFTER AMNA AL HADDAD’S GUIDE TO RAMADAN TRAINING
It was the first day of Ramadan when I set a new personal record in my weightlifting and a lot of people may wonder how that is possible after a 15-hour fast? Here’s my experience and tips on getting the most out of your training during The Holy Month.
+ August 1 2012 – Mosaic: AMNA AL HADDAD, NATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTER AND CROSSFITTER- DUBAI, UAE
1. How did you get into weightlifting?
During 2007-2009, I was a few kilos overweight and did a lot of reading on the best way to reduce bodyfat and get a lean body composition. Weight training was the answer! That’s how I got hooked. However, I also faced a bout of severe depression at one point in 2009 where I stopped exercising, was unhealthy, ate junk food all the time – I reached a point where I was sick of that lifestyle and I knew I can be a much better, healthier, happier person.
+ July 26 2012 – Sport 360 written by Amna Al Haddad: SAUD AL SHAMSI: ON A MISSION TO MAKE UAE TRIMMER AND FITTER
He was told he might be disabled for life after a motorcycle accident but now, not only is he a competitive athlete, Saud Al Shamsi is the owner of Dunes CrossFit in Dubai and also the first Emirati to become a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer.
+ July 24 2012 – Brownbook: CLEAN AND PRESS: RAMADAN 2012
Amna Al Haddad is a 22-year-old media professional who has been weight lifting for the last two and a half years. She made history in May by being the first Emirati to participate in the Reebok Crossfit Asia Regional in Seoul. Following a strict training regime, the young fitness fanatic has to make several adjustments during the month of fasting but, she says, it is not as hard as people think.
+ July 6 2012 – آمنة الحداد أول إماراتية تشارك في «كروس فيت» العالمية
شاركت الإماراتية آمنة الحداد الشهر الماضي في بطولة كروس فيت العالمية، والتي تعتبر بمثابة نقطة تحول في حياتها الرياضية، حيث أصبحت أول إماراتية ومواطنة خليجية تشارك في بطولة ريبوك كروس فيت آسيا الإقليمية والتي استضافتها كوريا في الفترة من 4 إلى 6 مايو. وبهذا استطاعت آمنة أن تحقق حلمها الرياضي والذي بدأته منذ أن كانت في السابعة عشرة من عمرها، عندما بدأت في ممارسة رياضة رفع الأوزان. وتبلغ آمنة من العمر 22 وبدأت تدريباتها في برنامج كروس فيت في أبريل من العام 2011، حيث تدربت مع كانديس هو، وهي صاحبت كروس فيت ليف سبارك في دبي وتحمل أيضاً لقب “المرأة الأكثر لياقة بدنية في آسيا”.
+ July 2012 – Physique Magazine: AMNA ALL HADDAD
22-year-old Amna Al Haddad made history when she became the first ever Emirati Woman in Reebok Crossfit Asia held in Korea last May.

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+ June 29 2012 – Gulf News: FEMALE EMIRATI WEIGHTLIFTER AIMS HIGH
From her desire to shed 5kg to becoming the only Emirati woman to participate in the gruelling Reebok CrossFit Asia Regionals this year, Amna Al Haddad has come a long way. Next stop, Olympics 2016, she tells Shiva Kumar Thekkepat.
+ June 29 2012 – إماراتية تصبح أول خليجية في بطولة رفع الأثقال
شاركت الإماراتية آمنة الحداد في بطولة «كروس فيت» العالمية والتي تـُعد بمنزلةِ نقطة تحول في حياتها الرياضية ، حيث أصبحت بذلك أولَ اماراتية ومواطنةٍ خليجية تشارك في بطولة ريبوك كروس فيت آسيا الاقليمية والتي استضافتها كوريا .
آمنة حداد البالغة ُ من العمر إثنتين وعشرين سنة شاركت في بطولة آسيا الاقليمية مع اعضاء فريقها الذين بذلوا جهودا تراكمية خلال الفترة السابقة ، ما اسهم في حصول فريق ريبوك كروس فيت لايف سبارك دبي على المركز الثالث خلال افتتاح بطولة العاب ريبوك كروس فيت, كما تحمل آمنة ايضا لقب «المرأة الاكثر لياقة بدنية في آسيا .
+ June 14 2012 – Gulf News: EMIRATI GIRL WORTH THE WEIGHT
Dubai: The 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games are among her long-term goals but for now, Emirati weightlifting pioneer Amna Al Haddad is busy testing herself in international competitions. She has already made history by being the first Emirati girl to take part in the Crossfit Asia Regional 2012 recently, but her journey has just begun.
+ April 19 2012 – Sport 360: UAE’S AMNA AL HADDAD READY FOR THE ULTIMATE TEST AT CROSSFIT GAMES
CrossFit, the strength and conditioning fitness programme based upon performing Functional Movements at High Intensity in Constantly Varied combinations, also known simply as the sport of fitness, is in search of the world’s toughest athletes for this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games.
+ April 2 2012 – Reebok Crossfit Games: A WOMANS JOURNEY THROUGH THE OPEN
As the countdown began and the CrossFit Games Open had arrived, something felt so surreal to me. This was it. This was my first ever, big competition. One that I have put my life in overdrive for – trying to learn everything CrossFit.
+ March 10 2012 – Sport 360: UAE’S AMNA AL HADDAD CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN WEEK 2 UPDATE: THE SNATCH LADDER
The second week of CrossFit games has just finished and the competition is already heating up. Every week a new workout is given to the competitors, which usually tends to get harder every seven days. It was no exception this time either, as the second Workout Of the Day (WOD) threw a bit of a curve-ball to UAE female athlete Amna Al Haddad.
+ February 29 2012 – Sport 360: UAE’S AMNA AL HADDAD THE FIRST EMARATI FEMALE TO COMPETE IN CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN
The Cross Fit Games Open got under way on February 22 and after its first week, UAE’s Amna Al Haddad can feel proud of herself. The Emirati woman is competing for the first time in the event.
+ February 12, 2012 – «دبي التقنية» تنظم أسبوعاً للصحة والتربية البدنية

انطلقت اول من امس فعاليات اسبوع الصحة والتربية البدنية في كلية دبي للطالبات بهدف الحد من البدانة، وتشارك طالبات الكلية واعضاء الهيئة التدريسية في الفعاليات الرياضية الخاصة بهذا الحدث، وستتاح لهم الفرصة لحضور ورش عمل ومحاضرات حول موضوعات ترتبط بالصحة.

 

+ Thinkup AE: AMNA AL HADDAD, EMIRATI WEIGHTLIFTER
The UAE Sport Guide 1 2 1 interview this time is with 21 year old Emirati woman Amna Al Haddad.
After learning about her sport story online, we thought Amna was perfect for this feature. Her Weightlifting dreams and goals in such an unusual sport in this region, especially for females was a unique story and one that we decided to share.
We fired over to Amna several challenging questions and she duly came back with some interesting answers showcasing her obvious spirit and determination.
+ 1 Novemeber 2011 – Oasis Living Magazine: YOUNG AND FULL OF IDEAS
Since the age of 17, Amna Al Haddad has been very interested in weightlifting and participating in challenging sports activities. She had a difficult year in 2009, but the challenges became a motivation to make some major changes in her life, including improving her health.
+ 28 October 2011 – Crossfit HQ: INSPIRING A GENERATION
Amna Al Haddad is causing quite a stir in the United Arab Emirates. The 22-year-old journalist announced to the world her goal to make it to the 2012 Asia Regional just a few months ago.
+ 2 October 2011 -Nightline by James piecowye on Dubai Eye (103.8) with Candice Howe and Amna Al Haddad.
Candice Howe and Amna Al Haddad join me in studio to talk about what they are doing to get back to the CrossFit Games and train. Amna is a weight lifting enthusiast, imagine….
+ 26 September 2011 – UAE Sport Guide: 1 2 1 UAE Sport Interview with 21 year old female Emirati Weightlifter Amna Al Haddad
After learning about her sport story online, we thought Amna was perfect for this feature. Her Weightlifting dreams and goals in such an unusual sport in this region, especially for females was a unique story and one that we decided to share. We fired over to Amna several challenging questions and she duly came back with some interesting answers showcasing her obvious spirit and determination

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