Studies suggest that a child should pursue at least one sport seriously, preferably for the remainder of their lives. Whereas, this trend may not be so dominant in Pakistan, there are still sportsmen that embody this lifestyle.
One such sportsman is Boxer Hayat Achakzai from Quetta. He started early at the tender age of 11 and went onto win his first Silver medal in All Pakistan under Fourteen. Throughout the years, his training, dedication and hard work paid off as he went onto join the WAPDA team, winning Gold twice. He even won the gold medal at National Games in 2004.
Soon, the national arena was no longer enough to satisfy his desire, as he wanted to make Pakistan proud by representing it in the international arena. And so, at the President Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, he brought home gold medal in 2005. He then even went onto play at the Commonwealth Championship. His most recent accomplishment was winning gold medal at the National Championship in 2011.
Such champions need to be highlighted, for they live amongst us and give us hope. Hayat Achakzai is now a 33-year-old and a proud father of 4 who runs a small shop. But he still contributes to his favorite sport and society by coaching the same WAPDA team he once played for. He has exemplified the structural balance between providing for your family and living your passion.
He plans to instill the same lifestyle learning in his children. He wants to teach them to pursue at least one sport passionately, whatever that maybe so that they have a balanced approach to life. In his eyes, physical exertion is as important as classroom education. Any sport teaches you patience, perseverance, and hard work. Three things that are essential soft skills for a successful and happy life. It is also a productive outlet and keeps children out of harm’s way like drugs, fights, and bad company which are rampant in any society.
[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”4″ sortorder=”15,13,12,14″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ slug=”Pakistan’s-very-own-–-Hayat-the-Boxer” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]Hayat Achakzai still considers himself quite fit and aims to make it to the Al-Fajar cup in Iran or a boxing championship in Australia.