Lamia Tariq Malallah continued her rise in the world of gymnastics as the UAE little wonder clinched gold at the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Youth Cup held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Sunday.
Eight-year-old Lamia finished on top in the A category for junior girls with a total of 21.8 points to take the gold at Tashkent’s Youth Union Sport Centre. Lamia gathered 12.7 points in the freehand routine and 9.1 points in the hoop apparatus to take home gold.
Alexsandra Klishina from the Almaty RG Club came in second while Samira Yuldasheva from the YUSC Club finished with bronze.
The tournament was organised by the Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation of Uzbekistan with gymnasts from Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan fighting for the top honours.
Lamia thus became the first Emirati to take part in the competition and she ended up taking the top spot. British national Alexandra Stadden, who represents the UAE, also won gold in her age group in category B.
Trained by Ksenia Dzhalaganiya, Lamia is making rapid strides in the world of gymnastics. The International School Choueifat student won gold at the inaugural Dubai International Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at the Al Habtoor Indoor Complex in 2017.
She hasn’t looked back since, winning golds at the 2017 Open GR Azur International in Nice, France, and the Armonia Cup in Greece. She had also clinched silver at the 2017 Winter Cup in Germany, along with a bronze at the Novogorsk Winter Cup in Moscow last year.
To top all that, Lamia became the youngest Emirati and only gymnast to win the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award.
The CrossFit community’s chosen performance footwear franchise takes a giant leap forward with the global unveiling of the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9, the brand’s most dynamic and refined CrossFit shoe to hit boxes yet.
Officially dubbed the “Nano for All,” the Nano 9 was built with the CrossFit community, for the CrossFit community. During its creation process, Reebok worked closely with CrossFit athletes of all levels from around the world for guidance and feedback in shaping the latest iteration. The result is an evolution in comfort and overall fit. Advanced features of the Nano 9 include:
Wearability: CrossFit specific outsole design that features MetaSplit grooves for better traction and grip
Strong Foundation: wide toe box for comfortable fit and powerful movements
Durable Comfort: Flexweave upper provides breathability, security and durability; added cushioning in forefoot for a more comfortable run
Ultimate Stability: Minimal drop outsole provides secure footing
“For the amount and type of training I do, I need a shoe that I don’t have to think about and can trust to offer me the stability, comfort and durability that I need to perform my best,” said Pat Vellner, Reebok athlete and three times podium finisher at the Reebok CrossFit Games.
“Reebok’s Nano has always been a shoe that gives me everything I need, and the Nano 9 takes it to the next level. You can tell the designers took the community’s feedback to heart with the latest iteration.
“I love that it still has all the qualities I’ve come to rely on from the Nano, but rocks some new features like enhanced traction on the soles and improved cushioning in the forefront that provide a better all-around experience for any type of CrossFit workout I do.”
In celebration of the ninth iteration of the Nano, Reebok pays homage to the spirit of camaraderie that the CrossFit community embodies by highlighting nine individuals — ranging from small-business owners who’ve found CrossFit as their past time passion to world-renowned athletes like Pat Vellner and Tia-Clair Toomey, the reigning ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ —in its “Nano for All” Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 campaign.
Alongside pre-registering HERE to be the first to own the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 when it officially launches across the GCC from July 1st, CrossFit athletes and fitness enthusiasts in the GCC can also get the chance to win a trip for two to the Reebok CrossFit Games.
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 will be available across Reebok stores in MENA and on www.reebok.ae from July 1 onwards, retailing at AED 605, SAR 618 and KWD 50.
The quote “A hero is one who dedicates their life to something bigger than oneself” is definitely something that applies to UAE resident Olga Zolotova, who has scaled some of the highest mountains across the world and dedicated generate donations for charity.
For her next challenge, Zolotova will be attempting to summit the soaring peaks of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn, which stand at heights of 4808m and 4478m, respectively.
The 28-year-old undertakes such gruelling expeditions with her climbing partner Mohamad Khalaf. Together they have dedicated their upcoming mountaineering challenge to UAE labour camps in partnership with Emirates Red Crescent.
“Mohamad and I believe in giving back to society and meantime we really love sport. That is why we always use our sport challenges to raise awareness of social courses. We did a number of charity challenges when we cycled, run or climbed for orphans, cancer patients, and kids of Africa,” Zolotova said.
“If you can do something outstanding that will attract the attention of people then why not to dedicate it to matters that really deserve attention.”
Mountain climbing is more of a mental challenge rather than a physical one for Zolotova, because when faced with the harsh conditions, the mind gives up faster than the body.
The mountaineer does strength training in the gym three times a week, along with cycling once a week. In addition to this, Zolotova goes to Ras Al Khaimah over the weekend to do some mountaineering in the rugged terrain of the Hajar mountains, which she claims is the best way to prepare for these challenges.
“The best way to train is to actually go to the mountains and do some mountaineering. You go to Ras Al Khaimah and put a good 20kg on yourself and hike up the mountain, which is the closest simulation,” said Zolotova.
“However, if for any reason, you can’t go to Ras Al Khaimah then your second option is to go to any tower and walk up 50 floors on the stairs, and if you can’t do that either, then you can use the stair climber machine in your gym.”
Mountain climbing has been a transformative experience for Zolotova, and besides making her more patient and appreciative of her life, the sport has also taught her the importance of having a goal to work towards.
She said: “There is never a beautiful summit that is easy to reach, similarly in everyday life, you need to put some effort to go somewhere higher. The summit of a mountain is the ultimate goal, which every climber is aiming for regardless of what happens to them on the way.
“Even if there is any setback, they find a way around it to reach their goal and this is a philosophy that one needs to apply in their life as well. Because, if you don’t have a goal in your life, you just drift aimlessly.”
“Mohamad and I are just normal UAE residents, we have our regular office jobs and we are not looking for any profits or benefits from our charity campaigns. We do it because we love it, and we believe it is the right thing to do. The two of us cannot help many people but with support of other people we can do something much bigger.”
If you wish to take part in Olga Zolotova and Mohamad Khalaf’s charity campaign to support UAE labourers, you can do so by visiting Times Square Centre and submitting your donations. They are collecting essential hygiene items like soaps, shampoos, shower gels, tooth brushes, etc. which will be distributing to the labour camps later on.