Sarah Al-Akour has become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to commentate at camel races.
Riyadh: Sarah Al-Akour was chosen as the first Saudi woman commentator for camel races after entering a competition. Launched by the Saudi Camel Federation, she participated in the Saudi Golden Equestrian commentator competition for men and women.
Sarah Al-Akour’s name was announced among 27 out of the 300 qualified participants as she passed the tests through a 5-minute video commentary.
Al-Akour has prior experience commenting on equestrian races. Sarah Al-Akour had always been keen on preparing and collecting all the information she would need for upcoming races.
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In her opinion, this is an essential characteristic of a thriving commentator.
Despite the difficulty of having to know all the names of the participants, owners, camels, and logos, Sarah Al-Akour said, “Names are easy for me to pronounce because I am a daughter of this authentic heritage.”
She has the know-how and awareness of how to pronounce names while commentating is a job that gives her great pleasure.
Sarah Al-Akour has been keen on becoming a competent commentator. She uses the appropriate vocal tone at the start and finish lines. She has passion and objectivity.
Sarah Al-Akour always makes sure each participant gets their share of attention, so the audience and horse owners enjoy.
She also plans to develop her own performance style away from traditional commentating. Sarah Al-Akour elaborates on this, saying she was not influenced by camel racing commentators. She just observed without absorbing their style.
Sarah Al-Akour explained how each commentator has his own identity, culture, and style, which should be like a thumbprint for every person and not duplicate another commentator.
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Sarah Al-Akour added:
“The passionate commentators have their mark, own style, and different personal charisma.
This imprint was formed through sufficient data about camels and their owners, and by keeping up-to-date on the sport since its inception till today.”