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Conquering the heights

Weekend is a time when one may tends to relax in his/her own way and may browse through websites and TV channels to look for something interesting. During the last weekend, while I was switching channels on the TV, something forced me to stop – it was airing of news about a female rock climber from Pakistan, Ms. Nazia Parveen by a private TV channel. The list of achievements of this girl took me by surprise and I was curious to know about her. It was heartening to know about the accomplishments she has undertaken at such a young age; and I was convinced yet again that, in a man's world; a woman can attain whatever she desires with constant hard work and dedication.

Nazia Parveen, a young and energetic girl, belongs to Bajaur Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Her father, Subedar Gul Zaman is proudly serving in Pak Army. She didn't realize her potential in rock climbing until she went on a field trip organised by her college and tried to climb a rock as an adventure. She enjoyed the activity and decided to take it up more often. Hailing from the Tribal Areas, it was a difficult decision for her to participate in these sports activities frequently. But her father backed her and with support of her family, this courageous lady decided to excel in the field of rock climbing.

Till that time, she had never taken any formal training or classes for the rock climbing activity; however, after participating in a rock climbing competition on International Women's Day in 2010; she joined “The Adventure Club Pakistan” for regular training in this field. Nazia won her first of this kind of competition in October 2010, and only two months later, she won her second rock climbing competition on International Mountain Day. She became the national champion for Sport Climbing during 2011, 2012 and 2013 and, has never looked back since then. She has so far won 28 national level rock climbing competitions in a row; and is still working her way up to the glory.

Nazia won the 'Chenab Rock Climbing Competition' with distinction and completed the climb in very less timings as compared to her competitors. She also holds the record for climbing with the best time in both male and female categories; a proud female to have this honour. The list of her achievements doesn't end here as she was selected as instructor of rock climbing at 'The Adventure Club Pakistan'. She is also being supported by the Club to take advanced rock climbing training to polish her skills and bring more successes to the country. Nazia is all set for her international exposure and will participate in Bouldering competition in Singapore. She will also be the first female from Pakistan to represent the country in rock climbing at international level.

Nazia is also interested in archery, trekking and camping. She has also got an elementary paragliding license and is a good player of badminton, basketball and handball. Apart from this, a Polish channel is also working on a documentary with her which has been named “Women in the End of the World”.

Nazia represents a Pakistan that is often ignored particularly by the Western media. Her family, particularly her father, also deserves appreciation that despite hailing from conservative society of FATA, he encourages his daughter to participate in various levels of competitions. A woman can surpass all the hurdles once she makes it her goal; and this is exactly what Nazia Parveen has proved to all of us!


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