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Hannah Babalola



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Lagos, NGR
Higher education
Economics - University of Lagos: Nigeria

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began wheelchair racing in 2011.
Why this sport?
She owned a mobile phone shop and one day while working she met a coach who asked her if she was into sports. "I thought he was talking about exercising because I didn’t know that there was anything like sports for people with disabilities. So one day I decided to go to Liberty Stadium in Ibadan. When I got there, I was shocked to see people with disabilities training. I was touched. I saw sports as just for fun, initially, a sort of avenue for me to go out because I was always indoors."
Training Regime
She trains at the Lagos National Stadium in Nigeria.

International debut

Competing for
All Africa Games
Maputo, MOZ

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up, believe in yourself. Remember that in 'disability' there is also 'ability'." (, 12 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours
She was Nigeria's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Facebook page, 20 Oct 2015)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair tennis at international level. (, 2016)
She acquired paraplegia at age seven due to an unknown illness. (, 28 Sep 2015;, 12 Oct 2014)
Other information
She was unable to attend school for several years as a child due to her impairment, and says she suffered low self-esteem due to other people's perceptions of her condition. "Even when I gained admission back to school, I found it very difficult to cope because a lot of people didn't want to come near me. They thought my paralysed legs might transfer to them. So, I faced issues of self-esteem. But I got used to it as I grew up and it stopped bothering me. When you have a disability, the more you are exposed [to the outside world], the better you become." (, 12 Oct 2014)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-22 5
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-22 4
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 8
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 4
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 7
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 7
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-27 13
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-28 13
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-08 4
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-09 7
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-17 7