Posted on February 27, 2019

In support of the QOC’s 40th anniversary, Team Qatar Athletes continue to inspire schoolchildren around Qatar through a series of motivating and educational visits for a second week.

Former gymnast, Shaden Wahdan together with aspiring gymnast Duha Al Habashi visited Moza bint Mohammed School for a masterclass session hosted for 4th graders. This was a memorable visit where students had a chance to learn the different apparatuses’ names and spend the morning with the Team Qatar Athletes working on their flexible moves.

Shaden and Duha teamed up to introduce gymnastics to the 8-9-year-old students who were excited to ask questions about the sport and try it out. The gymnasts performed some of their skills before going into helping the students get confident in doing somersaults and cartwheels. After an engaging morning, Wahdan said: “I had an extremely wonderful time with the students today - being able to extend and share my experience with them was such a remarkable feeling. Gymnastics is a young sport, starting from a very young age is a crucial requirement and therefore it makes me happy to see schools build interest in sport from grassroots”.

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The QOC is committed to promoting sports and physical activities in the country.  Team Qatar’s school visits allow QOC to achieve its mission in promoting sport across the community. Moza bint Mohammed School is an example of a well-equipped school for schoolchildren to learn and try new sports. Team Qatar’s gymnasts were able to demonstrate their sport using the apparatuses at the school and successfully deliver an exciting masterclass. 23-year-old Shaden Wahdan was the most successful artistic gymnast at the Arab Games Doha 2011 where she won five medals of which two were gold. Wahdan had her eyes set on Rio 2016 however, she was forced to early retirement due to an injury. Since her retirement she has dedicated her time and experience gained to coaching the next generation. 

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Meanwhile Team Qatar’s young gymnast Duha Al Habashi recently won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Gymnasiade Lebanon 2017. Duha is one of the promising young female Qatari gymnasts that has great potential in competing for Qatar on an international level. QOC is celebrating its 40th anniversary on 14th March, marking tremendous successes in the different sports fields and all levels in its short history. Since its new brand launch in 2017 the QOC refreshed its image to focus on uniting, inspiring and engaging the community through Team Qatar athletes.

Through Team Qatar’s school visits, the QOC aims to raise awareness of the athletes and the various sports by introducing them to schoolchildren in order to increase the level of physical education and healthy lifestyle amongst the next generation.