Dana Abdulkarim – I struggle to smile panel

Photo of Dana Abdulkarim, on a flight of stairs taken outside the Park Hill Flats, Sheffield. Wearing a navy hijab, stripy white top and black trousers.
10th June 2023
Festival Hub

At WOW Rotherham 2023 Dana will be joining us as part of the I struggle to smile panel.

In 2000 Dana became the first Muslim and Arab woman to compete for England Internationally with 67 caps in Rounders. She was the first to then Coach an England side of her own from 2005 until 2012 and helped to design Rounders qualifications and coaching awards. She is presently designing and leading the Talent Pathway rounders programme across the country on behalf of Rounders England and sits on the Rounders England board. Dana also has representative honours in Football, Netball, Athletics and Hockey. 

In 2008 Dana was the first Hijabi Muslim Woman to qualify to teach PE in England, having studied at Liverpool John Moores University, whilst here she worked with the teacher development agency to investigate and reflect upon teacher training for people from diverse backgrounds.  Her observations changed provision and improved the equality in teacher training for others.

Dana carried the Olympic Torch in 2012. It is Dana’s aim to inspire a lifelong passion for movement, developing wellbeing and the whole child; she aims to develop belonging and toolkits for survival in the world around us.  As a prominent and visible Muslim woman, she talks nationally about change, authenticity, anti-racism and visibility using her various sporting experiences and beyond to draw upon. She is an experienced motivational speaker who celebrates inclusion for all.  Dana believes every child should thrive, not just survive.

Find out more about the panel here: I struggle to smile

13:00pm – 13:45pm, Festival Hub, All Saints Square.

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