The UAE was represented at the 12th Women of the Future Awards in London with the sports category sponsored by the H H Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

It was the second year that the festival sponsored the Sport Award, which was won by two inspiring women.

Visually impaired Great British Goalball Player Dr Sarah Leiter and Alexandra Paske, founder and managing director of Mintridge Events, shared the award at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

Dr Leiter is pursuing medical studies and research alongside her role as an international sportswoman, while Paske was recognised for creating a mentoring programme that harnesses the power of positive sporting role models.

Lara Sawaya executive director of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival and chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, presented the award.

She said: “The quality of this year’s shortlist is the highest it’s ever been, and we are so proud to see horseracing’s Page Fuller, a young jockey who has overcome so many physical and emotional obstacles to return to racing following injury, recognised and celebrated for her career success.

“We commend the judges’ selections in Sarah and Alexandra, two incredible women who continue to inspire and benefit the lives of others through sport.

“These core values reflect the vision and objectives of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak… and we are delighted to reinforce and promote the principles of the festival by supporting the Awards.”