Iranian Lady – Aspirations & Advancement (6)
Welcome to the 6th episode of our interesting 10-part series titled “Iranian Lady – Aspirations and Advancement”, which we are presenting you every day on the occasion of the “Ten Days of Beneficence” that is celebrated in Islamic Iran every year to mark the first ten days of the month of Zil-Qa’dah, beginning with the birth anniversary of our Blessed Lady of Qom, Hazrat Fatema Ma’souma (Peace upon her) and ending with the auspicious birthday of her illustrious elder brother, Imam Reza (AS).
For your information the birthday of this virtuous lady is celebrated in Iran as “Daughter’s Day” to inspire Iranian women to greater heights. Stay with us please.
Everything started from an accident. An incident which would have destroyed a man, strengthened an iron-willed woman. Confined to a wheelchair she was determined to fight back and make a mark in life. Brought up in a religious atmosphere, the young Iranian lady Zahra Nemati showed that despite her handicap, it was possible to reach the peaks with efforts and perseverance.
She first competed in the Asian Championship and then the Paralympic Championship, winning medals. Her medal in London was the first Ladies' Gold Medal of Paralympics for Iran, and brought her international fame.
She is thus a clear example of a brave Iranian lady, who although deprived of the strength of her feet, stands tall at international sporting events, clad in the freedom of the Hijab.
Zahra Nemati is a member of Iran’s national archery team of disabled women. She is the first woman in the history of Iranian sports to win the gold medal at the Olympics and Paralympic Games. She is the first Iranian and Asian woman athlete, and the 13th athlete in history to win medals at both the Olympics and Paralympics.
Zahra Nemati was the flag bearer of Iranian team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. She is the first Muslim disabled lady who has been the flag bearer of the country’s Olympic caravan. In the same vein, the International Paralympics Committee, on the occasion of the International Women's Day, included this disabled Iranian lady among the five athletes nominated for the special prize.
The Islamic Republic is indeed proud of her performances.
Nemati believes that sport is one of the best ways to empower disabled people to display their talents. She believes that life has given us only one chance and should be used in the best possible way. Also, her statement was selected as one of the top 10 motivators in 2014 by the International Paralympic Committee. Nemati’s motto is: "Never give in to your disability". She also said: "I believe sport all over the world is one of the best ways to empower the disabled."