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Richard Lubanza

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Cecilia, son Thomas
Residence
Lusaka, ZAM
Occupation
Athlete, Sales
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 10 in the township of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia. He started competing in 2011 at age 22.
Why this sport?
"From my childhood I have always liked to do powerlifting and during that time I was just doing it for fitness and fun."

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Zambia

General interest

Nicknames
Super Richard ["Because of the hard training I put in."] (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Hobbies
Watching football, cooking, reading. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I clap my hands with a lot of power [before lifting]." (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Famous relatives
His brothers have played football in Zambia, including one for Lusaka Tigers FC. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Ambitions
Outside of competing, he wants to become a coach and help develop young Para powerlifters. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He has paralysis in his legs due to polio, and walks with the assistance of crutches. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019; times.co.zm, 08 Mar 2014)