Noreena Shams


Noorena Shams, born in Lower Dir, is one of the most successful Pakistani female athletes. At the age of 15, Noorena disguised herself as a boy to play cricket, and played for a whole year in the national junior team before her identity was revealed. She played cricket for a short while before moving onto squash. Noorena has been a sportsperson since 2008. She was the first-ever cyclist to win a silver medal for Pakistan in the Junior Olympics 2008. She has played different sports and has won 63 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. As a squash player, Noorena has been among the top 40 Asian junior squash players, and is currently ranked 120 in the world. Noorena was on the list of 50 influential ladies of Pakistan in 2016 and was listed among the 24 inspirational figures of Pakistan in 2016 by the UNDP. She also featured in the “BEAT ME” video by UNWOMEN Pakistan, and was awarded with a Government Pendent of Recognition in 2016. Noorena works against harassment in sports and against harassment of female Muslim athletes around the world. Noorena received the Gul Jee Art Award several times. She is a 3-time all Pakistan debating champion. She was also invited by Malala Fund to address the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2017. She runs Noorena Shams Foundation.

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