Mehwish Rashid- a rising star of Pakistan Women Athletics
July 20, 2012
Women’s participation in sports has a long history in Pakistan, a history evident by discrimination but also one tugged with major accomplishments by female athletes especially in Pakistan. Pakistani women in sports marked excellence in heaps. Whether it be Hockey, Cricket, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Athletics, Swimming, Marshal Arts, Gymnastic or any other indoor outdoor sports. Pakistani women have won laurels for Pakistan.
Pakistan avows numerous successful stories when it comes to women in sports. A remarkable example of Mehwish Rashid (born ), who belongs to Rawalpindi city. She is currently a ……. She took training in a game of ‘Hammer Throw’ from coach ……. and became a participant in the National Games Quetta in 2004 from Pakistan Army team and won Bronze medal.
She participated in the First Indo-Pak Punjab games Patiala in 2005. She then joined Police department for participating in various events of ‘Hammer Throw’ at national level.
Most recently, she has won a Silver medal in ‘Hammer Throw’ while representing Police department in the 44th National Athletics Championship 2012 held in Islamabad. In the contest of ‘Hammer Throw’, she got second position. She ranked first in the National Ranking Championship in 2011 and won Gold medal for Police department. She took part in the National Championship 2011 held in Lahore and won Silver medal while playing for Police department. Mehwish Rashid participated in the National Championship 2010 held in Islamabad and won Silver medal for Police department. She took part in the National Championship 2009 held in Lahore and won Silver medal while playing for Police department. Mehwish stood second and won Silver Medal in the National Championship 2008 held in Lahore for Police department. She got second position in National Championship 2007 held in Karachi and won Silver medal for the Police department. Mehwish won the Bronze medal in the National Championship 2006 for Police department.
The record of Mehwish Rashid speaks the glory of her efforts and exemplifies the role of women in sports that how various social, economic, and political institutions impact the individuals who participate in sport. Historically, women have often been viewed as inferior to men with respect to physical prowess and athletic competition. Such values have been reinforces by a number of social, economic, and political institutions, from legislation and religious institutions to the media and athletic organizations. Without doubt, political institutions have had an enormous impact on women in sport.
It has never been easy and simple for Pakistani women who play sports but yet they are sweating out and making a lot of efforts. Believing that sport provides an excellent venue for women to gain confidence and develop decision-making abilities and leadership skills for future life, the government and associations of women sports in Pakistan should play an active role in promoting women’s participation in sports within Pakistan. They should raise awareness about the development needs of Pakistan, particularly those relating to young women. They should also promote the importance of sports as mean for bridging cross-culture difference and conflict and engendering attitude, which enhance cooperation, peace and development in the country and internationally.