“It’s always an honor to be able to represent your country at the highest level,” said Pakistan’s Judo and Jutistu ace Ambreen Ashiq. I had to do something in my life that is honorable and not cowardly, Lahore-based Christian athlete said. Born to be a player, as she describes herself- “The pursuit for excellence is what keeps me going.” Ambreen makes a red-letter component is a proud member of National Judo team.
Ambreen and sister Humaira stand tall as Pakistan’s first female Judo and Jujitsu trainees. Back in 2005, we started training under the aegis of Sir Shahid and Sir Naveed, she told. Having an athletic disposition, Ambreen exhibited ingenious skills in handball, table tennis and badminton at school level. Being self-assured, she declared sports gave her the first place where she could feel comfortable in her my own skin.
Recently Ambreen and sister Humaira won bronze medals while representing Pakistan at the Asia Championship of belt wrestling tournament in Turkmenistan. Ambreen has piled up dozens of gold medals, several silver and bronze medals she had won in national and international championships playing in the -55 kg category. She racked up bronze medal in South Asian games February 2016 India.
My heart leaped with joy when Pakistan’s national anthem was played at the International Youth Festival
She harked back and revealed her childhood jostles, saying it was never too easy. For her gold medals are not made of gold but of sweat, perseverance, determination and inbred guts. Both sisters were cushioned by the support and backing from the family, she says criticism was hurled at her several times. “There were times when even our own family members pointed fingers at us, nagging us.”
Stepping on the podium with a medal around her neck, she finds respite from the hard knocks she has had. “I play for Pakistan – and I take pride in this,” she said. There are tens and thousands of girls in the country, but we hailing from Christian community are being used by God as an instrument to bring glory to His Name.
Even though soaring high, Ambreen A, happens to be willing to be little always – attributing her success to God and her parents. “Had they not put their uncompromising trust in us, Ambreen and Humaira would have been dumped insecurities and coyness.” I am what I am only because their faith in my abilities thrust me forward, she explained.
When asked about what significance of an about-face with progression in life, she said, “I snagged victories, but I started being triumphant when Lord Jesus Christ stepped into my heart. He has done wonderful miracles in my life.” My life is a powerful manifestation of how great God is, she noted.
Roots for girls getting trained in Judo, at least as a “self-defense art” she said, “Girls are never less than boys, the only thing that matters is that you must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams you have imagined.”