Yasmian Al-Sharshan, the ace golfer from Qatar is idol for the Qatari youth to look up to. She has excelled in academics, sports as well as entrepreneurship. Al-Sharshan is the first Qatari female golfer, she has represented Qatar at various national and regional tournaments.
Yasmian, however, wants more and more women to embrace golf as a sport. She says, “An overwhelming majority of girls in the Arab countries do not play any sport whatsoever during their free time”.
Yasmian is currently occupied with setting up her own entrepreneurial venture named ‘Yasmian Events’, through which she hopes to spread awareness about the benefits of sports, especially golf throughout the country.
“I want to continue playing golf for at least one more year, then focus on my business. I will focus on attracting people to participate in the sport and reaching out to organisations in Qatar to popularise golf and other sports,” says Yasmian.
In addition to excelling in the sport of gold, Yasmian also holds Master’s degree in the Organisation and Management of Olympic Events from International Olympic Academy from Olympia in Greece.
Yasmian has been tirelessly working for women’s empowerment in Qatar and one such initiative of Yasmian is the Qatar Golf Ladies (QGL), which she set up in 2013, QGL is the first’s women’s centre for golf in the Qatar. Yasmian has undertaken several initiatives through QGL to promote golf in the country, particularly among women and children.
“Through golf, I have learned how to focus and concentrate, the game has made my character stronger and given me the opportunity meet lots of new people”, she added.
Acknowledging her contribution in the field of sports and leadership, Yasmian was awarded with the Qatar Businesswoman Award in 2013 and was also invited to attend a programme in Washington on ‘Global Sports Mentoring of Women’ by the United States Ministry of Foreign Affairs last year.
source : Qatar Day