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ISF Gymnasiade 2018 was Yasmine’s first ever international competition, and it sparked a special interest in taking her school sport career a step further,
“As every professional athlete, getting an Olympic medal and honouring my country is my biggest dream.”
At Gymnasiade in Morocco 16-year-old Yasmine represented Algeria in archery. She placed 17th in cadet women category and finished 6th in team rankings.
She is also proud to be a member of the Algerian National Team and a national record holder.
It’s not common to find a girl who does sport in Algeria: “People here do not always approve of girls doing sport, in addition there are not enough sport equipment, supplies and sport centres. So this is why it's very hard to start a sport career, especially for a girl.”
Nevertheless, her beliefs stay solid: “Every girl in the world should practice sport because it gives a lot of opportunities; it benefits health and helps girls to meet new friends and see new countries.”
Archery improves her mood, and makes her feel powerful, healthy and happy. Competitions might make her feel a bit nervous, but once she gets into the mode she feels confident and enthusiastic.
“When I hold my bow and before I shoot the arrow, I put myself in a bubble, so I can focus. And I start remembering all I have sacrificed just to be at this level.”
Yasmine’s daily routine starts early in the morning. Right after school she goes to the shooting centre where she practices archery for three hours. Her bow is also her strength,
“I have owned my bow for 5 years. I feel like it is a part of my body. The bow is very personal because there’s a difference between bows, in length and strength.”
Her father is a physical education teacher, and he is also the person who at the age of three introduced Yasmine to sport. First by practising swimming and aikido, and later transitioning to archery.
“He stands behind me and gives me advices; he is just like my coach. He gave me everything I wanted and I am trying to make him proud.”
Besides admiring professional archers, Worlds and Olympic medallists Brady Ellison, Mike Schloesser, Yasemin Ecem Anagöz, Oh Jin Hyek, she has another powerful role model: “My mother inspires me. I see her as the strongest woman in the world. When I start to give up, she comes to give me power.”
Just like many other athletes, she is currently training at home and practicing shooting from small distance because of the Covid19 pandemic. Her next biggest goal: ISF Gymnasiade Jinjiang 2020 in China, where she hopes to beat her own result in Morocco.
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