The current Politics, Philosophy and Economics student has had a busy 2023 as preparations ramp up for the showpiece sporting event in the France capital city.
Between May and August, Egypt-native Yasmina competed in Level 1 and 2 international Para Badminton events in Thailand, Bahrain, Canada and the UK respectively.
The highlight performance was a Gold Medal in SH6 Women’s Doubles at the Canadian Para Badminton International in Ottawa. In combination with partner Jayci Simon of the USA, Yasmina clinched gold with a tight three-set win over Bujnicka & Szmigiel of Poland and Cai Yi-Lin & Wu Yu-Yen of Chinese Taipei.
Yasmina and Jayci followed up their win in Canada with a silver medal at the 4 Nations Para Badminton in Sheffield earlier this month. Just a short trip up the M1 from Yasmina’s current Loughborough residence, saw her produce another strong performance with the only loss coming to Rubi Milagros Fernandez Vargos & Chai Saeyang of Peru and Thailand respectively.
In the singles event, Yasmina also put in a good performance reaching the quarterfinals and pushing England’s former world champion Rachel Choong all the way in a three-set battle which she eventually narrowly lost 21-18, 16-21, 21-19.
Speaking to Loughborough Sport, Yasmina said: “I was really happy with my second-ever gold medal in Canada and then followed this up with the silver at the 4-Nations with a good performance –especially when my partnership with Jayci is still in its early stages.
“In the 4-Nations singles I was able to be competitive with the number one seed in the group match, and then eventually went out in the quarters, pushing a previous multiple world champion to three games with the final game score being 21-19.”
Yasmina will now continue her preparations with the Paralympic Games set to take place between 28 Aug 2024 – Sun, 8 Sept 2024.