For Syeda Kazim, winning a bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was ‘like a dream coming true”.

The Pakistan Special Olympics Team athlete finished third in her 200 meters division sprint race at Dubai Police Officer’s Club on Saturday.

Syeda, who lives in Karachi, explained to Bilal Hafeez, World Games Abu Dhabi Special Correspondent, how much the medal means to her and her family.

“It is a dream come true for me. I’m extremely happy to be a part of the Special Olympics World Games, especially after bagging the bronze medal.”

Syeda trained for two hours each day to prepare for the World Games, travelling two hours from her home to Karachi’s National Stadium to use the running facilities.

Her father, who took time off work to help his daughter prepare, said: “Syeda worked really hard and, with God’s help, her hard work paid off in the shape of a bronze medal.”

The athlete said she hoped her performance so far at the World Games will lead to even more success on the running track in the coming days.

“I wish to win a couple more medals for Pakistan in the next few days of the Special Olympics,” said Syeda.

Her proud mother had an important message to parents who have children of determination.

“Do not ignore them, pay more attention to the determined ones and polish them just like a diamond merchant would polish a diamond because it will shine in the same way,” she said.

“If the parents of determined ones look after them and educate them, then they will shine and make their parents feel proud.”