Joan is a tough sportswoman. She practices many sports starting with cross-fit, karate, swimming, cycling and skiing.
As for running, her journey started in 2017 after participating, in the same year, in Beirut Womenâ€™s Race finishing 1st in her age category, the Hannibal race ranking 2nd overall and finally Beirut Half-Marathon Race completing it with no prior trainings in 1:41:30.
The following year, she seriously committed to the sport and competed in a dozen of races and championships. That earned her podium finishes for distances from 5k to 21.097k. She continued to break her personal records over time to reach 39:41 at the Ghazieh 10K race and 19:58 at the Lebanese Championship over the 5K distance.
Joan kicked off 2019 with the best of surprises. She won the 2nd overall ranking in the Cross Country Championship ensuring her qualification to the Cross Country World Championship in Denmark. She also debuted on the international stage and broke her personal half-marathon record at the Semi-Marathon de Paris in March completing it in 1:27:26.
Putting aside an old version of her who would never have considered sleeping early on Thursdays to miss her favorite weekly 80's night, Joan adapted her lifestyle to fulfill this new passion of hers with a fixed mindset always ready for further challenges. This must come from her karate black belt afterall.
In a world far from running, Joan is a data scientist seeking to accompany startups in developing their analytics strategies and reaching their maximum potential.