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Princess Haya talks about how sports have shaped her

In a recent statement released ahead of her keynote speech at the International Conference of Sports for Women (ICSW), Princess Haya explained how sports have shaped her life and made her into who she is today. The Princess, who is a sister to King Abdullah of Jordan and wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai), added that she hopes young girls will see her as an inspiration and want to follow in her sporting footsteps.

Princess Haya said in her statement about her upcoming opening speech, “The UAE is committed to supporting women in various fields, and I’m always delighted to see efforts like ICSW that highlight the UAE’s role in empowering women.

“To be able to give my support to such an inspiring initiative by HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak is without a doubt something of which I am very proud.

“Sports have helped shape me into the person I am today. I’ve experienced the incredible role that sports can play in improving a person’s life and in helping individuals to grow and develop. My hope is that, in time, every girl across the world will have the chance to participate in sport and experience the passion and joy it can bring.

“I believe that by promoting sports as a way of life, we can build the foundation for a healthier and happier future.”

At 13-years-old, Her Royal Highness was the first woman to represent her native Jordan in an international equestrian show jumping competition. She is expected to share her sports journey during her remarks.

The Princess became the first and, so far, the only woman to receive an equestrian medal at the Pan-Arab Equestrian Games in 1992.

Her Royal Highness competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games for Jordan in show jumping and also carried her nation’s flag during the opening ceremony. She is now a member of the International Olympic Committee.

The Princess will deliver the keynote address at the two-day conference on 6 November in Abu Dhabi. Registration for the conference, which is in its fourth year, is now open, and space is limited.

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