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Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation Ambassador Awards 2012.

The shortlist for the inaugural MWSF Ambassador Awards 2012, supported by the FA, has been announced. Fifty eight entries over six categories 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 2nd May 2012 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.


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


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