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Lauritta Onye

Athletics
1

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F40

Further personal information

Residence
Lagos, NGR
Occupation
Actress
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Club / Team
Delta State Sports Commission: Nigeria
Name of coach
Patrick Anaeto, from 2008

General interest

Hobbies
Singing, dancing, reading, travelling, socialising. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.com, 13 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian athlete Chioma Ajunwa. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being a champion is not by height, size or beauty; it is by strength, smartness, determination, confidence and endurance. Without these five qualities, you can't win." (punchng.com, 30 Dec 2015)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (thenet.ng, 11 Apr 2015)
Other information
ACTING
She has worked as an actress under the screen name Laury White, and starred in a 2015 Nigerian film called 'Lords of Money'. "All I wanted to do was acting. I never dreamed of being a sportsperson. I wanted to be a superstar in acting, but I was fortunate to find myself in sports." (paralympic.org, 09 Jul 2019; Facebook profile, 14 Feb 2016; punchng.com, 30 Dec 2015)

OUT OF COMPETITION
She won gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but then missed a number of competitions in the years that followed, including the 2017 World Championships in London, England, due to a lack of sponsors. "Even regular training is difficult as we have to do that at our own expense, including transportation to and from training. It makes it difficult for us. It doesn't help much to just call us to a camp with a few days to an international competition. We need to have longer camps to ensure that we prepare without distractions at home and the strain of providing for ourselves." (sportstalkafrica.com, 18 May 2019; aclsports.com, 06 Dec 2018, 11 Jan 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final 1 2015-10-23 6
Women's Shot Put F40 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final Round 2016-09-15 9999