Summaya Mughal Biography – Summaya Mughal Wiki
Summaya Mughal is a broadcast journalist as well as a radio and TV presenter. The accountant turned award-winning TV/Radio presenter works for BBC Radio Leicester.
Summaya won a talent search at BBC Radio Nottingham in 2018 to present and produce their weekday evening show and then joined BBC Radio Leicester in September 2018 to host the Drive show with Jimmy Carpenter.
Summaya was one of the 35 chosen people to host one-off shows on BBC Radio 1 over Christmas 2019. She presented the Radio 1 breakfast show as part of the station’s new talent Christmas line-up.
On Monday 30 December 2019, BBC Radio Leicester Drive presenters Jimmy Carpenter and Summaya Mughal took over the BBC Radio Leicester breakfast show for 2020.
Summaya said at the time: “The last 12 months has been utterly bonkers. I am immensely thankful, and excited, for the opportunity to present the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Leicester with Jimmy. I have loved getting to know the Radio Leicester audience and feel blessed to have the chance to continue to do so.”
Summaya Mughal Age
Summaya Mughal was born in 1994. She is 28 years old as of 2022.
Summaya Mughal Brown Gal Can’t Swim
BBC Radio Leicester presenter Summaya Mughal learned to swim at the age of 28 after discovering that many South Asian women don’t know how to.
The whole experience is documented on a five part podcast series called Brown Gal Can’t Swim, available on BBC Sounds from Monday 10 October and on BBC Radio Leicester and BBC East Midlands Today on BBC One from Tuesday 11 October.
Summaya said: “I’ve spent over 20 years embarrassed about not having a skill it feels like kids have, especially when it’s something that could save your life. I’m terrified of the deep-end… so we’ll start there.”
Summaya enlisted the help of four-time Olympic medalist, Rebecca Adlington who together with Team GB’s Alice Dearing set her the challenge to swim 500metres in open water.
Rebecca said: “It’s such an important life skill. It’s one of the few sports that will genuinely save your life one day. You can’t live your life without seeing water in any capacity. It sounds like a really simple thing but it’s more the confidence that you have in water that will help save your life.”
It isn’t just about conquering the water. Brown Gal Can’t Swim also confronts the cultural barriers that many Pakistani Muslim women like Summaya may face – such as disagreements with family members, risking criticism from their community over breaking social conventions, and worrying about what to wear in the pool that will fall in line with Islamic expectations around female modesty.
“This podcast will see me uncover the reasons behind why other South Asian women can’t or don’t swim regularly. I aim to break down misconceptions about swimming, and encourage members of our South Asian communities to take the plunge and learn to swim with me. I even get my dad involved – something I would never have imagined when I was younger,” said Summaya.
“I don’t know if I will achieve the final challenge of 500m in open water – I’m no athlete! – but I will give it everything I’ve got. The journey has tested me physically and emotionally but I’m hoping it makes a difference and encourages others to learn to swim too. After all, it could save your life.”
Summaya Mughal Family
Her father is a doctor. He was born in Pakistan. Summaya’s journey on Brown Gal Can’t Swim also inspired her father to go on the same journey. He is now learning how to swim, and features in the podcast.
“From my dad’s experience, in the South Asian community, we are prone to illnesses such as diabetes and heart diseases, so swimming is a great sport when it comes to your health,” she told LeicestershireLive.
“My dad was born in Pakistan and they don’t have swimming pools there, so if he never learned. He would have never thought to teach me either, so it became a generational cycle, and this is the case for so many others, but I’m glad to have finally broken that cycle.”
Summaya Mughal Ethnicity
She is of Southeast Asian ethnicity.
Summaya Mughal Height
She is 4′ 12″ (1m 52cm) tall.
Summaya Mughal Instagram
Summaya Mughal’s Instagram is @summaya.mughal.