In the second episode of Sport360 Stories we meet Rayhan Thomas, an Indian national residing in the UAE.
At just 16 years of age, Rayhan is ranked the UAE’s number one amateur after winning the Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit in 2015.
This season has started superbly too, with Thomas winning the Qatar Open which saw him awarded a place in the field of the 2016 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Having taken up home schooling last year, his dedication to the game is stronger than ever.
Coached by Justin Parsons at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, Rayhan has consistently been winning tournaments for a number of years.
With Tiger Woods at the top of the list when it comes to inspirational figureheads, Thomas also explains how the unwavering support of his parents has helped him in pursuit of one day becoming a professional golfer.
In our second episode of Sport360 Stories, we get to know exactly where Rayhan’s love of the game comes from and how he plans to make it to the top.
In the fourth episode of Sport360 Stories we meet Luke Norrey, a 24 year old from England who has taken the Emirates American Football League by storm.
Remarkable to think then, that he had never played the game (apart from on the PlayStation) until he had arrived in Dubai.
Luke’s inherent curiosity means his sporting career has taken in more sports than many. A regular football player in England, he also tried his hand at rugby. Having moved to the UAE, he then figured ice hockey was the best way forward – as you do when you move to the desert!
He soon stumbled across the Emirates American Football League though, and is now into his second season with the Dubai Barracudas. Having impressed in his new Line Backer role, he is going from strength to strength.
Norrey has found his match, a game that he loves to play and a game that suits him.
Luke Norrey will next be in action at the EAFL Desert Bowl, where the Dubai Barracudas will face the Abu Dhabi Wildcats at Dubai Sports City on March 18.
In the third episode of Sport360 Stories we meet Simon Hewitt, head of Manchester City Football Schools in Abu Dhabi.
A professional playing career was once on the cards for goalkeeper Simon when he was in the youth system of English football club Bradford City. But a career-ending injury when he was a teenager meant he had to reassess the future.
Determined to stay in the game, Hewitt decided on a career in coaching instead and is now one of the UAE’s top football coaches, with a background most would envy.
Beginning his coaching life at Manchester City in the youth and community schemes, Hewitt decided to take up an opportunity in Abu Dhabi coaching the younger generation of football mad kids.
Now, leading City Football Schools in the UAE capital, Hewitt oversees hundreds of kids from all over the world as they enjoy the beautiful game,
The injury at a young age may have ended Simon’s playing career but now he sees more value in passing on his knowledge to those just beginning their footballing lives.