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Anthony Joshua in Dubai: Heavyweight boxing champion throws his weight behind Dubai Fitness Challenge

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On top of the world right now: AJ.

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua will take centre stage during the final weekend carnival of Dubai Fitness Challenge, set to take place at Dubai Festival City on November 17 and 18.

Joshua has confirmed his participation in the city-wide fitness initiative, vowing to play his part in encouraging people to boost their physical activity and commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Joshua’s impressive career has seen him win all of his 18 fights at Amateur level, including winning the Senior ABA Championships in 2010.

The following year, Joshua made his mark on the global boxing scene by representing Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he won gold in the Super Heavyweight division.

In 2013, Joshua turned professional, signing with Matchroom Boxing, and for the next three years he remained undefeated in 19 fights, including his successful defence of the Heavyweight belt he won in April 2016 against USA’s Charles Martin.

Heading to Dubai: Joshua.

Speaking ahead of his Dubai Fitness Challenge appearance, Joshua said: “It’s been a year since my last trip to Dubai and I am excited to be going back again to be part of the inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge. It’s a great initiative that encourages people to get active for 30 minutes daily for 30 days. I am committed to getting people moving and I’m looking forward to being part of this fitness movement. Yallah! See you there!”

Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Running from 20 October to 18 November 2017, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling and football, to paddle-boarding, team sports, walking and yoga, as well as everything in between.

All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate individually or with friends, family and colleagues, and enjoy new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels. Participants can track their performance on the Dubai Fitness Challenge app.

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Watch highlights as more than 250 women take part in Dubai Women’s Triathlon at Dubai Ladies Club

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Did you compete at Dubai Ladies Club?

Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has described the Dubai Women’s Triathlon as a platform for “positivity and happiness” after watching more than 250 women of different nationalities cross the finish line in the first such event of its kind in the Middle East.

Organised by the Women’s Sports Committee of the Dubai Sports Council in association with the Dubai Ladies Club, the newest addition to Dubai’s sporting calendar got off to a successful start on Friday, attracting both triathlon regulars and first-time enthusiasts, including more than a 100 Emiratis, who were assured of complete privacy as no men were allowed near the swimming competition. Even the lifeguards were ladies.

“This triathlon is a celebration of being in a place that is inclusive,” said Al Kaabi, the guest of honour at the presentation ceremony at Dubai Ladies Club, after presenting medals to the top three in each category.

“You have many communities – Emiratis and non-Emiratis, and I am really proud of seeing all of them participating. It’s the first event of its kind here in the Middle East, yet you can feel the vibe. You can also predict that we are going to have more participation in the future.
“This is an important platform for positivity, for also promoting happiness, promoting the quality of life. So therefore you can see all of the elements that we are working on from a government perspective - the community perspective and sports perspective are combined here to achieve such goals.”








H.E. Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Dubai Women’s Establishment, Moza Al Marri, Board member of Dubai Sports Council and Chairperson of DSC’s Women’s Sports Committee, and Lamia Khan, Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Vice Chairperson of DSC’s Women’s Sports Committee and Director of Dubai Ladies Club, were also present at the awards ceremony.

This being the Year of Giving in the UAE, the organising committee has decided to donate all the proceeds from the event to global philanthropic organisation, Al Jalila Foundation, to support women with disabilities and provide them with prosthesis.

“We at the Women’s Sports Committee are really pleased with the great success in organising this first-ever ladies triathlon in this region and the participation of more than 250 ladies of different age and nationality,” said Lamia Khan. “The three-week pre-event camps were also a big success, helping lift the fitness of the ladies and giving them the confidence to participate in the triathlon.

“Those pre-event camps helped raise the number of entries. The enrolment increased over the last days as the ladies gained in confidence, training on the Dubai Ladies Club beach. The Women’s Sports Committee aims to hold more such events and increase the participation of women in sports - women from every segment of the society, beginners or professional athletes.

“The proceeds from this event will go to a venerable institution to help women who have lost their limbs and give them an opportunity to live and exercise like other women.”

The Al Jalila Foundation was represented at the triathlon by three teams of three members each, one of them being Iraqi amputee Zainab Al-Eqabi, who lost her left leg in a Baghdad bomb blast and uses a prosthetic now.

Action packed: Competitors tackle the course.

“This whole event is amazing because I think the fitness industry is changing in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE and Dubai, where women are so encouraged to work on themselves, motivate each other, be fit and take care of their health,” said Al Eqabi, a well-known face on the public speaking circuit, who did the cycling section for one of the Al Jalila teams.

The Dubai Women’s Triathlon was sponsored by Dubai Ladies Club, RTA Dubai, Arabian Radio Network (ARN), Dubai Police and Dubai Ambulance.

RESULTS

SHORT COURSE (1.5km swim x 30km cycling x 10km run)

Age 16-29: Marsha Yecla (Philippines) 2:28:56; Donna Christie (Philippines) 2:30:13; Airene Rosei (Philippines) 2:52:27

Age 30-plus: Svetlana Blazevic (Russia) 1:52:36; Lisa Hancox (Great Britain) 2:00:21; Lynette Wam (New Zealand) 2:05:51

Team: The Girls (Zimbabwe) 1:51:20; GRIT (Great Britain) 2:31:09

SPRINT COURSE (750m swim x 20km cycling x 5km run)

Age 16-29: Helen O’Neile (Great Britain) 1:04:23; Megan Elliott 1:17:47; Sofia Chudinova (Russia) 1:18:22

Age 30-plus: Deirdre Casey (Ireland) 1:01:08; Emma Deane (Australia) 1:08:27; Bianca Beisetzer-Clark (Canada) 1:11:17

Teams (UAE): Dubai Municipality-1 1:10:34; Team 52 1:24:20; ANAGOW1 1:28:15

Teams: Ladies Warrior (Philippines) 1:18:29; Burek Brigade (Russia) 1:23:16; Push the LIMIT (Philippines) 1:48:12

SUPER SPRINT (400m swim x 10km cycling x 2.5km run)

Age 16-29 (UAE): Aisha Al Metiari 50:57; Asma Al Janahi 53:53; Rona Salman 58:06

Age 16-29: Fiona Dutton (Great Britain) 43:08; Miriam Howard (Ireland) 47:40; Olga Zolotova (Russia) 53:02.

Age 30-plus (UAE): Nada Omar 53:32; Alison Round 56:04; Amani Mohamed Saif 56:20

Age 30-plus: Leanne Carson (Great Britain) 43:21; Islay De Nil (Great Britain) 43:32; Diane Gordon (Canada) 44:06

Teams (UAE): WonderWards 46:08; Dubai Municipality-5 46:19; Dubai Municipality-6 48:39

Teams: Vatikaki (Zimbabwe) 47:08; Super Woman (Egypt) 49:19; Super Sprinter CAV’s (Philippines) 52:33

The prize giving ceremony.


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IFA Football Academy embrace Dubai Fitness Challenge as parents join their children on the pitch

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Challenge yourself: Family-filled football fun at IFA.

The Dubai Fitness Challenge has hearts pumping across the city with thousands of participants aiming to complete 30 minutes of activity every day for thirty days.

And in an innovative approach, IFA, the largest grassroots football program in Dubai, has embraced the challenge by inviting parents of their players to join in with the children for the final 30 minutes of every coaching session; as well as offering a 30 per cent discount on sessions and 30 hours of free pitch space.

Importantly for IFA however, the focus is not just on the 30 day challenge (which commented on October 20), but on creating a legacy from the challenge which will continue indefinitely as a lifelong fitness program, with the aim of making Dubai the world’s most active city.

IFA, which recently became the first football academy in the UAE to partner with Coerver Coaching, the world’s leading football coaching program, intends to create the legacy through the launch of a first of its kind interactive app, IFASport, which is designed to help each player develop and succeed, not only in football but also in all spheres of their lives.

The app, developed by IFA, fuses a safe social media environment with a health and fitness tracker to record performance, track growth, development and achievements and create challenges for friends to compete against each other. It can also be used to track academic progress and performance, as well as other activities or interests.

Space to play: What better way to watch your child in action?

IFA Technical Director Tommy Wingrove said: “The Dubai Fitness Challenge is an excellent initiative and we are delighted to be a part of it.

“It’s been a great success inviting the parents to join their children to get their 30 minutes of activity, and the Challenge is the ideal opportunity to kickstart a lifelong fitness program encouraged by the use of the app.

“Our aim is to keep the momentum from the Dubai Fitness Challenge going, ultimately contributing to Dubai becoming the most active city in the world.”

The app also allows parents and players to engage directly with the coaches and the academy to book training sessions and facilities, view performance and assessment reports from coaches, as well as receive tips and training drills.

Wingrove added: “The app also encourages parents to engage with their children and the application can be extended to academic activities and any other areas of interest in the child’s life. We are planning to make the app available to any interested groups and organisations as it can be easily adapted to a variety of situations.”

He continued: “It’s an exciting time for IFA, with the new partnership with Coerver we are really raising the standard for our elite players, and with the activities associated with the Dubai Fitness Challenge and the release of the app we are continuing to grow our grass roots base and encourage more participation across the emirate.”

Challenge yourself: Family-filled football fun at IFA.

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