Abtaha Nominated for Top Award
From Kyle Stirling
Abtaha Maqsood is a rising young sportswoman, who at the tender age of 13 has achieved more than most young girl’s dream of before they reach the end of their teens.
The young 13 year old, who is a member of the Scotland U17 squad, as well as attaining her black belt in the martial arts category of Taekwondo, has recently been shortlisted as one of three finalists for the Scottish Asian Woman’s Awards for 2013.
Abtaha has been nominated for the Scottish Asian Woman’s Award for Sports, Arts and Media category, this award recognises achievement by any Scottish Asian woman in the field of sports and media.
This prestigious event which will feature Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, The First Minister of Scotland as chief guest, as well as Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Leader of Scottish Labour Party, Johann Lamont MSP, Chairman of Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE and Actress Elaine C. Smith, who will all be on the judging panel.
Abtaha, currently a pupil at Eastwood High School in Glasgow, was introduced to cricket by her Father who encouraged both Abtaha and her brother to join in with Kwik Cricket at primary school. Abtaha is now making great strides as she represents Poloc Cricket Club in the Under 13’s.
Abtaha‘s dreams consist of playing cricket for the Scottish Woman’s National team, as well as continuing to do well in Taekwondo, but not only does she hope to do well with her own future - she also has a dream getting more Asian woman, mothers and daughters in Scotland, coming together and playing the game of cricket.
Cricket Scotland would like to wish Abtaha all the best ahead of the big evening, and we are sure to be hearing more of her in the future as she endeavours to make more waves in the world of Scottish cricket.
In case you missed it, Abtaha spoke to Cricket Scotland at the end of last year.