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Femita Ayanbeku

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Residence
Stoughton, MA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Manager, Motivational Speaker, Personal Trainer
Languages
English
Higher education
Physiotherapy - American International College: Springfield, MA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in late 2015 in Boston, MA, United States of America. She had never previously ran using a prosthetic.
Why this sport?
She played basketball in high school, but her non-sport prosthesis caused discomfort. She was introduced to Para athletics by US Para athlete Jerome Singleton after meeting him at an event held by the Challenged Athletes Foundation in late 2015. "I absolutely fell in love with running from the day I got my running leg, back in November 2015. I always tell people, when I run, I feel like I have two feet again. It felt so natural. I didn't want to take it off."
Name of coach
Sherman Hart [personal], from 2015
Training Regime
She trains on the track four days a week and does weightlifting four days a week. She reduces the time spent on weightlifting in the build-up to major competitions.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Nicknames
Mita (Facebook profile, 31 Mar 2017)
Hobbies
Pilates, spending time with family. (insidexpress.com, 31 Mar 2021; afrogirlfitness.com, 12 Oct 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 US Paralympic Trials in Charlotte, NC, United States of America. (nextstepbionicsandprosthetics.com, 14 Jan 2021; Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
US Para athlete Jerome Singleton. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There will always be something in life that tries to hold us back or stop us from being great. But I refuse to ever let anyone tell me I can't do something.” (ossur.com, 15 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (wcvb.com, 24 Mar 2020)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at age 11, which resulted in her right leg being amputated below the knee. (Facebook profile, 25 Feb 2021; enterprisenews.com, 01 Sep 2020)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2015 she launched Limb-it-less Creations, a non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness and provide support to people that have undergone amputations. "Growing up I never had any other amputees to talk to or be around. For me, personally, being this amputee girl, I just didn't want that to be the end of my story. Whatever is in your way, whatever barriers or adversities you're facing, it doesn't have to be the end of your story. I think socially when I first lost my leg I was very insecure. I did not wear shorts or skirts that showed my prosthesis until I was 18 years old. I was very scared about the reactions and stares from people that I would come across. I think psychologically it has made me stronger and more open-minded. One thing I love is when people ask me questions. I would rather someone come up to me and ask me a question than to just be stared at from across the room. It helps me understand what people are thinking when they look at me and it gives me a chance to inform people about me, my situation and the amputee community." (afrogirlfitness.com, 12 Oct 2017; insidexpress.com, 31 Mar 2021; Facebook profile, 04 Mar 2021; enterprisenews.com, 01 Sep 2020)

RACING FOR BOLT
She ran for Usain Bolt's All-Stars team at the Nitro Athletics event in Melbourne, VIC, Australia in February 2017. (nitroathletics.com.au, 02 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-14 4
Women's 200 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-15 6
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-17 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 9999
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2017-07-17 7
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-22 8
Women's 200 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-23 5