[UK] MWSF announce Ambassador Awards shortlist
Friday 13 Apr 2012
The Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation (MWSF) has announced the shortlist for its Ambassador Awards 2012.
The event, supported by The FA, had seen over 50 names put forward across six categories. Applications were received from the UK and abroad, with nominees ranging from royalty and elite athletes, to grassroots community organisations and volunteers.
The judging panel consisted of influential members from the world of sport, business and the community.
Chairing the panel was Lorraine Deschamps, one of the top female football referees in the UK and ambassador of diversity and equality for the black and minority ethnic community, joined by Pinky Lilani OBE, food guru and founder of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, Durdana Ansari OBE, journalist and pioneer of the Ethnic Minority Foundation’s Muslim Women’s Project and Mohammed Amin, vice chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum and treasurer of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.
The event, taking place at Wembley Stadium on 2 May, is the first of its kind and will specifically focus on female role models from the Muslim community and those, Muslim and non-Muslim, who have worked to increase access to sports for Muslim women across the globe.
In addition to the main categories, a ‘Special Recognition’ Award will be presented to HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan for their achievements, influence and contribution toward Muslim women’s sport.
The MWSF Ambassador Awards will be hosted by Na’eem Raza and Ruhana Ali, with category winners announced on the night. Here are the shortlisted nominees:
Community Award - Muslim Scouts, Muslim Women's Collective (Savita Ayling), Women's Only Group
International Sportswoman - Ibtihaj Muhammad, Kulsoom Abdullah, Sadaf Rahimi
Outstanding Contribution: Faezeh Hashemi, Salma Bi, Tansin Benn
UK Coach - Khadijah Safari, Sehrish Mumtaz, Shaafia Bi
UK Sportswoman - Amira Rashid, Ruqsana Begum, Sahra Hassan
Volunteer of the year - Maryam Amatullah, Rabiya Ahmed, Shona Pollock
For further information about the Ambassador Awards or the MWSF, please contact Allison Cooper on 020 8427 0873 or email email@example.com.