First Muslim Women to Represent the USA in Fencing visits School

Monday, 28 January 2013

Ibtihaj with staff and studentsIbtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first Muslim women to represent the USA in any sport. She is ranked 11 in the world for women fencers. So Forest Gate Community School students were delighted to receive an inspirational talk from her on Wednesday. She answered questions from a group of over 100 Year 9 students about her training schedule, what got her involved in fencing, what makes a good athlete and a whole range of other questions. They were “wowed” when she said that she had met President Obama! For her part Ibtihaj was surprised at the diversity of students and impressed with their mature response and behaviour.

Ibtihaj was accompanied by staff from the American Embassy and Saad Awan from ELBA who had arranged the visit. She is now aiming to represent the USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

What our students had to say about the visit:-

“If you put your mind to something and work really hard you can achieve anything” Mufeeda Chowdhury

“No matter where you are from or where you grow up you can achieve great things if you apply yourself” Jasmine Forbes

“It was a privilege that a medal winning athlete, from the same background as us, should take the time to visit us.”  Joseph Larkin