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Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike

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Lucy Ejike is a powerlifting legend. The Nigerian has won Paralympic and world titles throughout her glittering career spanning almost two decades.

She has managed to become one of the best athletes in a country which is home to several of the world’s strongest powerlifters.

In 2018, Ejike secured gold at the African Championships in Algiers, Algeria, and silver in the women’s lightweight at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

A year before, she made her World Championship debut in Mexico City, claiming gold in the women’s up to 61kg.

Ejike has so far competed at five Paralympic Games between 2000 and 2016, winning a staggering three golds and two silvers.

She was Nigeria’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016. Later that year, she was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Nigeria Sports Awards.

"My secret is discipline and hard work," is her motto for sports and life.

She has paraplegia as a result of the effects of polio after contracting the illness at age one.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Two children
Residence
Enugu, NGR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Accounting - University of Nigeria: Enugu, NGR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2000.
Why this sport?
"I had a passion for it. I wanted to use it and inspire the world."
Name of coach
Feyisetan Are [national]; Patience Igbiti, NGR, from 2010
Training Regime
She trains for two hours a day, three days a week. She adds an extra hour to her schedule and trains four days a week when she is preparing for a competition.

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Nigeria

General interest

Hobbies
Music, sport. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 61kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Nigerian Para powerlifter Patricia Okafor. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian sprinter Mary Onyali. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My secret is discipline and hard work." (cctv.com, 10 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Nigeria Sports Awards. (powerlifting.ng, 14 Aug 2018; vanguardngr.com, 05 Dec 2016)

She was flag bearer for Nigeria at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to set up a foundation to improve sports development among Para athletes in Nigeria. (okayafrica.com, 28 Aug 2017)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as a result of the effects of polio. She contracted the illness at age one. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019; okayafrica.com, 28 Aug 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -44 kg Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -44 kg Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -48 kg Final Round 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -56 kg Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -61 kg Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 61.00kg Final 2017-12-05 1