The Asian Women of Achievement [AWA] Awards, in association with NatWest, announced the winners of the 2016 Awards at an event in London last night. The Awards, now in their 17th year, celebrate the contributions made by Asian women both professionally and in their communities, cutting across a broad range of sectors in British life from business and media to sport, culture and public service.
Harleen Kaur, aged 17 and the WMKF World Champion Silver Medallist is a martial arts competitor, training for nearly 10 years Harleen is also a 2nd Dan Black belt in Karate; she currently trains in a combined programme of karate and kickboxing. Furthermore, she represents the nation being part of the WMKF England team. This is not her only forte as she has competed in various tournaments those being Taekwondo Opens, coming away with many national titles. Harleen, who is an ambassador for the Asian Sports Foundation is one of a few in her niche field not only an international competitor in martial arts, but the WMKF British Champion in kickboxing and UK All Styles National Champion. Harleen is still a student at sixth form, a head girl, as well as being a competent athlete. After completing her A-Levels she is hoping to continue into further education studying Sports Science.
Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards said, “We are thrilled for all the winners, who are united by their passion and inspirational achievements. The diversity of this year's winners highlights that Asian women in Britain are bucking stereotypes while making an enormous contribution to British life. I am immensely proud to stand alongside this inspiring group of women.”
Les Matheson, CEO, Personal & Business Banking, NatWest said: “NatWest is proud to be a part of Asian Women of Achievement for the 5th year running. Once again, the awards have demonstrated the talent and determination of a remarkable group of British Asian women. My congratulations to the winners and all those shortlisted, who I'm sure will continue to achieve great success.”
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