Posted on May 28, 2018

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) organised an open scuba diving day for people with special needs on Sunday evening at the indoor swimming pool in Aspire Dome, the largest multipurpose hall of its kind in the world. This year’s scuba diving has been organised as part of AZF’s Ramadan Sports Festival (RSF) 2018.

The “Freestyle Aquatics at Aspire” programme offers aquatics training for people with disabilities of all ages. It includes swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling lessons delivered by the programme’s founders, Kathleen Bates and Jojo Musa, from the non-profit Freestyle Aquatics organisation.

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Speaking from the sidelines of the event, Noof Al Saffar, a member of the RSF 2018 organising committee, said: “The scuba diving event is part of the wider ‘Freestyle Aquatics in Aspire’ initiative for people with special needs, which was launched in November 2016 as part of AZF’s CSR programme. For the first time this year since the RSF started seven years ago, AZF dedicated two events to people with special needs. The first event, a Table Tennis competition, concluded last week. On Sunday, we saw this wonderful second event.”

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This event is part of AZF’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and builds on AZF’s existing efforts to provide people with disabilities with opportunities to pursue their favourite sports throughout the year. Creating such opportunities encourages people to maintain active and healthy lifestyles, helping them feel included in everything Qatar’s vibrant local community scene has to offer. The RSF 2018 is sponsored by Ooredoo Qatar (Official Sponsor) and Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Company, Nissan Qatar (Main Partner).