Sports: Sara al Maskary
Oman Woman of the Year 2020
Sara al Maskary, who started out in 2010 as a bright bowling prospect at the age of 13, was the youngest member in Oman's national team. Her sister was also in the Oman national team when they were on the lookout for young girls to join the team.
“In the beginning I wasn’t interested because I rarely play bowling,” says Sara who was coerced by her sister who was a constant source of encouragement. Sara took up practice in all earnestness and soon found herself growing fond of bowling as she was able to improve her performance steadily. She had never imagined that she would someday be part of the national bowling team.
In 2011, Sara participated in the GCC tournament, which helped her gain good experience playing alongside other teams and get used to the atmosphere of a bowling tournament. In 2014, she participated in the women’s tournament in Oman and won medals in the singles and doubles events.
After a break of two years, Sara came back to the fray in 2017 for the women's tournament in Oman and won medals in the singles, doubles and team events. In 2018, she participated in the Arab Tournament in Oman and won medals in the double and team events. In 2019, she again participated in the Arab Tournament in Egypt and won in the team and masters events. Her last appearance was in the GCC women’s tournament in Kuwait where she won medals in the doubles and team events.
Sara attributes her success to the strong encouragement and support she gets from her family, friends and people in Oman who want to see her moving from strength to strength.