Lamia Tariq Malallah, the sole Emirati female rhythmic gymnast in the UAE, is ecstatic after clinching a gold medal at the recent Gymnastika Solo Cup held at Al Nasr Club in Dubai. The competition attracted top gymnasts from Europe, including national teams from Russia and Belarus.

Despite facing formidable opponents such as the Russian national team, 13-year-old Lamia delivered an inspired performance to secure the gold medal. In an interview with Khaleej Times, she expressed her joy and emphasized the significance of this victory in a highly challenging competition.

Lamia's triumph at the Gymnastika Solo Cup has fueled her ambition to qualify for major events such as the world championships and the Asian Games, marking just the beginning of her promising journey. As the only female Emirati gymnast competing at this level, she acknowledges the weight of the responsibility while aspiring to make significant strides in the sport.

While juggling her rigorous training schedule at the Dubai Youth Olympic School of Rhythmic Gymnastics with academic commitments as a grade seven student at the International School of Choueifat, Lamia admits to the demanding nature of maintaining a balance between her education and gymnastics pursuits. Encouraged by her mother, Malak Alfarsi, who has been a steadfast pillar of support in her gymnastics journey, Lamia is determined to pursue her aspirations driven by her recent success at the Gymnastika Solo Cup.