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In good times as in bad times, rugby is the life of Sanaa Barakat, the unstoppable of Rugby Africa

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In good times as in bad times, rugby is the life of Sanaa Barakat, the unstoppable of Rugby Africa

But in the end all that comes to my mind is that rugby is my home, it’s been my home since I started playing

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 27, 2021 / APO Group / –

Balancing life, work and love of the game, the Egyptian rugby player and the unstoppable Sanaa Barakat of Rugby Africa (RugbyAfrique.com) would have no other solution. Selected as one of 12 women rugby leaders on the African continent as part of Rugby Africa’s #Unstoppables, the dynamic young woman is leading the way for others thanks to her unconditional passion for rugby.

Barakat, 26, infuses rugby into everything she does. Having joined the game in her final year of college, the avid gamer is the epitome of how the game defines and refines her life course.

“Rugby has been different for me at different times in my life. Sometimes this has been my greatest achievement, given me the opportunity to be who I am, to explore who I could be, to feel safe and loved, to feel successful and energized and, above all, to feel happy and useful. At other times, this has been my worst enemy, breaking my heart, disappointing me and making me doubt myself. But in the end all that comes to my mind is that rugby has been my home, it’s been my home since I started playing, and I’m not sure how to continue without it. .

By giving so much to the game, Barakat added that he brought it the best experiences of his life and created the best stories.

“Rugby has given me the best days of my life. It gave me memories that will forever be etched in my mind and heart. It changed me, shaped me, broke me and in turn taught me lessons that I would never have learned otherwise.

Holding a full-time job and spending long hours and weekends to make sure she continues to play rugby at her best, Barakat said she understands what love is capable of when she started to fall in love with the game.

“With all the hassle I went through to make it work, I knew rugby helped me thrive and accomplish more at work, not the other way around. I knew that as soon as I slipped on one, I would slip on the other because rugby was never a burden. It was never wasted time because playing rugby is the place where I resource myself to be able to continue. It was time to take care of myself, so that I could take over the rest of my responsibilities.

Bringing the values ​​of dedication, commitment and hard work, Barakat, who once viewed herself as a pessimist who didn’t believe dreams could come true, said she learned about life through play.

“I have learned that passion can make you capable of much more than what you think you are capable of. You can never love something so much and not make it love you back; I loved the game and he loved me in return. Being part of a sports team is a privilege few would appreciate until it ends. The game taught me to stay humble because ego only leads to failure. It made me come to terms with defeat and try to overcome it. Success is not measured in the eyes of others, but in yours. My mind could be my worst enemy or my greatest driver. I have learned to love even when I don’t like it and to give even when I don’t get anything in return. I have grown a lot thanks to this game.

Having gained great recognition for being an unstoppable, Barakat said it made her feel special. It also made her feel responsible for developing the game and ensuring that she continues to give it the effort she always made, inspiring the younger girls to join the game and pass on her passion.

Hoping to one day become a coach, Barakat said seeing the growth of the game in Egypt gives him hope for generations to come. Having a national team competing, participating in and winning tournaments shows the bright future that the game has in store. She added that the sport has been sensitized a lot more over the years, at the athletic level, as players now know what is expected of them, what to expect from the game and they see the growth path for them. them as athletic individuals in rugby.

Excited by the energy of the young player, Rugby Africa Women Manager Maha Zaoui said that was exactly the drive and passion they were proud of and sought to instill in the young players.

“Barakat defined her ambitions and goals through her love and dedication to football. We know that sport has many impacts on life and she is proof of what perseverance, passion and the desire to play can bring to the course of life.

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