Over the weekend, the beach in Jubail was buzzing with excitement as rowers from across the Gulf gathered for the Saudi Coastal Rowing Championships. Sultan Al-Shali from Saudi Arabia rowed his way to victory in the men’s single sculls.
The event, which spread over two sunny days, attracted 47 rowers and was watched by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, the governor of the Eastern Province. The Saudi Rowing Federation, led by Ali Husain Alireza, put together this competition, and it was the first time such an event was held in Saudi Arabia.
Prince Saud was thanked for his encouragement and for backing the championship, which supports the country’s big plans for sports as part of Vision 2030.
Jubail’s own governor, Mansour Al-Dawood, was there to hand out medals to the winners. After Al-Shali’s gold medal win, Kuwait’s Abdulrahman Al-Fadhel took silver, and Turki Al-Aarif from Saudi Arabia got bronze.
In the under-23 men’s race, Mu’ayyad Al-Rasheed from Saudi Arabia grabbed the gold. His fellow countrymen, Hani Bukhari and Mahmoud Numan, won silver and bronze.
For the women, Kuwait’s Soad Al-Faqaan won gold, with Saudis Faten Mirza and Eman Rafiq taking the next spots on the podium.
The younger women’s race saw Salma Moumena win gold, with Noor bin Mahfouz and Asil Mala’ika from Saudi Arabia taking silver and bronze.
And in the boys’ race, it was an all-Saudi win with Rada’an Al-Dosari taking gold, Mohammed Al-Abdulqadir silver, and Wael Juaidan bronze.
The championship brought excitement in Jubail and even showed us the excellent rowing talents out there!