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Ann Wacuka

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Shekaina [2018]
Residence
Kenya
Languages
English, Swahili
Higher education
Food Technology - Ruiru Nibs College: Nairobi, KEN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2000 while studying at Joytown Primary School in Thika, Kenya. She took up Para swimming in 2010 at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
Why this sport?
She wanted to represent Kenya at the Paralympic Games.
Name of coach
Jennifer Kamande [personal], KEN, from 2010

General interest

Hobbies
Making new friends. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the women's S8 50m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, and coach Jennifer Kamande. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019, 01 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Kenyan swimmer Jason Dunford. (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Ability beyond disability." (Athlete, 24 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
She became the first Para swimmer representing Kenya to win a medal at the world championships by claiming bronze in the women's S8 50m freestyle at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Mexico City, Mexico. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Mar 2021; paralympic.org, 18 Aug 2020)
Other sports
In 2016 she competed in javelin at an international Para athletics competition in Tunisia. She also competed in wheelchair fencing at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique. (nation.co.ke, 11 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a congenital condition called syndactyly, which caused weakness in her legs and arms. Both her lower limbs were amputated when she was young, and she now uses prosthetics to walk. "My right leg had been operated on to straighten it but it did not heal. It had a large wound which was not healing. It had to be amputated. They erroneously cut the fine left leg. When they discovered their mistake, they proceeded to cut the spoilt right leg." (paralympic.org, 18 Aug 2020; nation.co.ke, 11 Aug 2017)
Other information
INHERITED IMPAIRMENT
She was born with a congenital weakness in her arms, hands, and legs, called syndactyly. Her mother Mary and her daughter Shekaina, who was born in 2018, also have the condition. She has been saving her race prize money to afford the corrective surgery for her daughter. "My mother sacrificed a lot for my success. Except for family members, the community is not very supportive. Growing up in Kenya with a disability is not easy." (paralympic.org, 18 Aug 2020; BethanyKids Facebook page, 11 Jan 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-03 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-07 3