Shortlist, We Are Noticed Too Late by Sarah Sasani
"I am a professional athlete. I was six when I took up sport, and now I am a national champion. From the very first day until now, aged 27, only my father knows that I am a professional judoka. My father has never witnessed my joy when I win, or been by my side when I fail, because he is not allowed to enter the hall.
A national champion is always longing to be seen and praised. My friends and teammates have been involved in sports for years and try their best to win championships, but our rivals, referees and coaches are the only audience of our performances, since many are not allowed to watch us fight in Iran or around the world.
I am waiting for the day when my brother and husband see me fight for sporting glory. I crave to embrace my father when I win a fight and allow him to wipe the tears of joy off my cheeks. Maybe my son will see firsthand how his mother fights to be crowned champion."