ABU DHABI, The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, FBMA, hosted the 1st FBMA Challenge for "Fittest Group", as part of the FBMA Ramadan programme, with the participation of the UAE Special Olympics female team.

It has been customary for the FBMA to host friendly activities during the Holy Month of Ramadan since 2014.

The "Fittest Group" challenge is a set of fitness-based group activities and challenges, including relay running, rope pulling, basketball drills and more. The 12 determined athletes took part as two separate teams to challenge the other competitors taking part in this friendly evening.

The athletes all train with the "Abu Dhabi Sports Club for the Determined" under the Zayed Higher Organisation. The same group of athletes represented the UAE in the Special Olympics of 2015 in Los Angeles, California, and have since taken part in many competitions representing the UAE, one of which was the unified football games that took place in Cairo at the end of 2017.

"We love taking part in such competitions and activities. In fact, we enjoy anything that has to do with sports. We have never done a challenge such as this one; it has been a wonderful experience spending a Ramadan evening being active," expressed Hamda Al Hosani, a determined track and field competitor.

"We are so grateful for H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for her endless support and for the FBMA for including us in this wonderful evening, having our athletes take part in unified environments in such an important element in their development and setting their self-esteem," said Safiya Al Shatiri, Senior Administrator at the Abu Dhabi Sports Club for the Determined.

Such challenges and competitions are a testament to the FBMA's constant efforts in making sports available and accessible to all. The FBMA "Fittest Group" challenge as part of the FBMA Ramadan Tournament has been a great addition to the traditional Ramadan tournament that the FBMA has successfully organised for four consecutive years.

Source: Emirates News Agency