Hadia Hosny El Said

16 April 2011

Hadia El Said - badmintonSport /Event >

Date and Place of Birth >
30 July 1988, Egypt

Height > 177cm

Weight > 72kg

Coached by >
Pete Bush

Date Arrived at Team Bath >
October 2011

Course of Study >
MSc in Medical Biosciences

Length of Course >
1 year full-time

Clubs >
Team Bath
Ex Elzohour club and former Elshams Club in Egypt

Occupation >
MSc student and badminton player

Biography >

In 2008 Hadia made a piece of history by becoming the first Egyptian and the first Arabic badminton player to play at the Olympic Games.

She just missed out on winning an automatic place in Beijing, but was promoted from the reserve list 13 days before the start of the Games when another player dropped out.

In Beijing Hadia won the first round against a Mexican player, but then lost in the second round to Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva, who was ranked sixth in the world.

Hadia has a Pharmacy degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt and then moved to Bath to combine training for 2012 with studying for an MSc in Medical Biosciences at the University’s Department of Biology and Biochemistry.

She is supported by the Trendell Family Scholarship, donated by a graduate of the University and his family, which supports student athletes to fulfil both their sporting and academic potential.

Hadia started badminton when she was 11 years old in 2000. She used to practice many sports; rhythmic gymnastic, horse riding and squash but  had to stop due to a knee injury before discovering badminton.

She was invited as one of the best African juniors players to attend the World Training Center in Bulgaria for a month each year in 2005, 2006, 2007.

Headline Result >
2nd round – women’s singles – Olympic Games, Beijing – August 2008

Sports.org Player Profile >

Hadia Elsaid

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