Ghanim the Boxer, 2016
Ghanim, who’s name means ‘winner’ in Arabic, is a 14-year-old, born with a rare disorder named Caudal Regression Syndrome (CDS), which impairs the development of the lower spine. ‘Ghanim The Winner’ is a self-initiated project, which documents this young athletes, passion for sport and his dreams of becoming a future Paralympian.
Ghanim plays a huge part in changing perceptions on living with physical disabilities in the Middle East and especially in his home country of Qatar, where up until recently attitudes towards those with disability were that of exclusion and discrimination.
A ROTA Goodwill Ambassador and an inspiration to thousands of people across the globe, raising awareness on persons living with physical disabilities, through his on-going charity work; as well as sharing his personal journey via social media with over 900,000 followers on Instagram (g_almuftah).
The aim of my series was to capture him in his favourite sportswear and kit, as an example, his determination to succeed has resulted in him being one of the only divers in the world with his type of disability. Through this portrait series, I aim to showcasing his achievements whilst providing a message of hope and determination, echoing his belief that everyone has a right to dream and have ambitions which they can achieve.
Ghanim with Medals, 2016
Ghanim the Diver, 2016
Ghanim with Basketball, 2016