Nothing can stop you from achieving a dream, and with the right mindset and a strong will, a dream can be fulfilled whatever ups and downs are encountered along the way.
I was born in the late 1980s into a relatively small family. I have a sister and brother, five and 10 years older than me, respectively. My parents were loving and naturally very protective. They had mixed feelings between maintaining cultural parenting norms and pushing me to develop beyond some cultural boundaries.
Growing up, my most evident passion was exploring, pursuing, and publicly playing sports. In time, my parents became my biggest supporters. Since then, they have been joined by my life partner Khalil who has given me unwavering support since I met him in 2015.
I explored new hobbies, tried different sports, and experienced adventures, in the process learning and gaining something unique that gave me the motivation to continue exploring.
Through curiosity and determination to find my way through life, I found fencing, and I immediately connected to it. Fencing is a sport that develops strength, coordination, balance, integrity, and sportsmanship.
My relationship with the sport began in 2010. I was on my laptop searching for a fencing club next to my apartment in Rhode Island in the US, oblivious to the many opportunities that would soon drive me to build my lifetime passion for the combat sport.
In 2014, I co-founded the Dhahran Fencing Club, the first in the Kingdom for women to train in the sport, and I went on to compete in the women’s foil event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
I was honored to be in Brazil as one of the first five females to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, and as the first female Saudi Arabian Olympic fencer.
With the support of many people, I was honored to be in Brazil as one of the first five females to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, and as the first female Saudi Arabian Olympic fencer. At that moment, I felt connected to something global that would inspire my future work.
I was honored to have represented my country in the second contingent of female Olympians and in 2017, my picture was showcased on the tallest building in Riyadh during Saudi National Day.
After gaining a master’s degree in business information technology with distinction from DePaul University, in Chicago, I returned to Saudi Arabia determined to bring fencing to my homeland and helped set up Dhahran Fencing Club.
I worked for Saudi Aramco in its engineering services department for three years and later spent more than a year on a special assignment in the office of the minister of energy and mineral resources. I currently work for the Saudi Vision 2030 Quality of Life program.
I am a mother of two amazing kids, Yousef and Yasmine. My message to them and to everyone, is if you want to prosper in this life, you must first be fearless and constantly curious in the pursuit of the things that matter to you the most. To do this, it is important to define yourself by seeking new adventures, new sports, and hobbies. Unveiling who you are will get you closer to the kind of impact and legacy you can create on this earth.