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Bose Omolayo

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Husband Sunday, three children
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
She was working as a hairdresser when powerlifting coach Feyisetan Are came into her shop and encouraged her to try the sport. "I eventually decided to go. When I got there I saw people like me lifting weights so I changed, got on the bench and gave it a try. I lifted the weight easily and another 40kg was added which I also lifted so I was surprised I was able to do that easily on my first day. But when I got home I had aches all over my body. However, I didn't stop going so that was how I started full training."

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Nigeria

General interest

Hobbies
Dancing. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the heavyweight category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Nigerian Para powerlifter Victoria Nneji. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian Para powerlifter Victoria Nneji. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. She became paralysed from the waist down at age 12. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Jul 2022; Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Other information
HAIRDRESSING TO POWERLIFTING
She started working as a hairdresser at age 15 in Lagos, Nigeria and went on to open her own salon. In 2012 she decided to focus on pursuing a Para powerlifting career. "I have been a hairdresser and it still continues to be my passion. I love fashion and can do several types of hair styles like braiding, weaving, twinning and fixing. I have done that all my life. But powerlifting gave a new meaning to my life. People recognise me back home and want to be like me. This makes me proud." (punchng.com, 08 Nov 2020, 01 Apr 2017; paralympic.org, 24 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -79 kg Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 79.00kg Final 2017-12-07 2
Nur-Sultan 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 79.00kg Final 2019-07-17 1
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 79.00kg Final 2021-08-29 1
Tbilisi 2021 World Para Powerlifting Senior World Championships (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 79.00kg Final 2021-12-02 1
Women's Up to 79.00kg Record Attempts 2021-12-02 9999