Register for the GoGirls Sports Leadership Camp 2015

As an activity of LMA GoActive, the GoActive Camp 2015 will be run as a three-day residential camp targeting FEMALE ONLY Muslim youth aged 14-17 years to provide a number of benefits in a safe camp environment. The camp will enable the girls to CONNECT with female role models from various professions; PREPARE them physically, mentally and spiritually through sport and recreational activities, interactive workshops and confidence building activities; and ENGAGE with other girls to develop new friendships through team building activities.

Camp participants will be receiving an information booklet upon return of the permission note and will be asked to attend a pre-camp meeting and some activities as preparation for the camp.

WHO: Girls aged 14-17 years


WHERE: The Tops Conference Centre (Stanwell Tops)

CONTACT: Lucy Pearce | | (02) 9750 6833

COST: $150 (covers transport, accommodation, food and fun adventures!)

Limited numbers, get in early! Registration is ESSENTIAL.


Interschool Trisport Makes the News

Muslim Girls Break Down Barriers in Sport

3 SEP 2015

By Omar Dabbagh

In Sydney's Mona Park, one of the school-sports havens in the city's west, girls from institutions across the city have converged for a gala day.

AFL, OZ-Tag and Soccer competitions are on the agenda. Typically what are brandished as “boy sports” are now finding new fans.

“I didn’t realise I’d love AFL so much, I’ve never played it before,” said student Serene Khalaf.

“It’s been great.”

A majority of the schools participating are Islamic Schools. Most of these girls are Muslim.

"I didn’t realise I’d love AFL so much, I’ve never played it before."

A strong stigma surrounds Islamic women in sport - from inside and outside their own communities - with some sticking to traditional beliefs that a girl's place is not on the sports field.

"Yeah I think there's a misconception in terms of whether girls can or cannot play sport, especially with the Muslim community and multicultural communities,” said organiser Lael Kassem.

In April, claims surfaced that a teacher at an Islamic school in Melbourne banned girls from running over fears they would lose their virginity, allegations the school denied.

But girls at the gala day said that was not the view of the majority.

“That’s not right,” Ms Khalaf said.

Her friend, Jamilah Elmir, agreed.

“We're all girls, whether we are Muslim or non-Muslim, so it's the same thing…we don’t have different bodies,” she said.

"Yeah I think there's a misconception in terms of whether girls can or cannot play sport, especially with the Muslim community and multicultural communities."

For Islamic Communities to become more accepting, participants said the first lesson began at home.

“Initially my mum was a bit hesitant for me to play sport, but for all my brothers it was fine,” Ms Kassem said.

“But after she's seen how much enjoyment I got out of it, the benefits, she was very supportive and understanding.”

Ms Khalaf said communities across the country, regardless of their backgrounds, should embrace a female presence in the sporting world.

“Every girl, no matter what religion or race, deserves the opportunity to play sport and have fun,” she said. 


Ramadan bootcamp keeps faithful fighting fit during fasting

15 June, 2015

By Naomi Selvaratnam:

At a gym in the western Sydney suburb of Auburn, a group of women, many wearing hibjabs, has gathered to exercise.

These women are all taking part in the Ramadan bootcamp in order to stay fit in the lead-up to, and throughout the holy month.

During Ramadan, Muslims must abstain from food and water after sunrise and before sunset.

Founder, Dalal Karra-Hassan said exercise can provide the perfect antidote to the stress associated with Ramadan.

"If you want to be healthy, if you want to enjoy ramadan, you gotta let out the stresses," he told SBS.

"Ramadan can be stressful as a lady, especially with all the cooking and cleaning, and preparing before 5pm for everyone to break their fast. By the end of it you're like oh my god I'm exhausted. Go do your prayer, come out and unleash in the gym."

Lael Kassem is part of Go Active, a team leading health and fitness information sessions in the lead-up to Ramadan.

She said the prospect of continuing to exercise during Ramadan can be daunting for many Muslims.

"When people think oh we're not going to eat for the whole day, how are we going to train, I think it's a mental challenge for us to overcome."

Ramadan bootcamp participant, Sarah Alameddine agreed training helps her to maintain focus.

"Training in Ramadan gives me the energy to keep up with my kids, keep up with my day, and gives me the energy to stay up without food all day, training gives me that extra energy and boost in the day."

For some, fasting during Ramadan can lead to binge eating.

Lael Kassem said working out with a friend can help fight off the urge to overindulge.

"Training with a friend is the best fun and you can motivate each other and knowing that you're both fasting and you're both doing this for the same purpose, it helps motivate you to keep going."

As for tips on how to stay healthy during the holy month, the Dalal Karra-Hassan had these suggestions.

"Eat small portions, drink plenty of water and 100 per cent train. Don't miss out on training because you're fasting. It doesn't work that way."