SCI Life: March 2016

March 1, 2016   Famous Faces

New Mobility Magazine | Source

Hope and Humanitarianism

Anne-Wafula-Strike“Going from growing up in a mud hut to mingling and having tea with the queen of England is not something I can take lightly,” says Anne Wafula Strike, MBE — Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — for her service to disability sport and charity. Now 44, Wafula Strike, the first Paralympian to hail from East Africa, is not only a sporting ambassador, but also a speaker, author, wife and mother.

She became paralyzed after a bout with polio at the age of 2. Coming from a small Kenyan village, she traveled a hard road growing up. After meeting her husband in 2000, she moved to the United Kingdom, had a child, and not long after got involved in wheelchair racing. “I started racing to lose weight, but my natural ability was soon spotted, and I quickly began to win lots of medals, gold ones!”

Before she knew it, she was competing in the Paralympics for Kenya in 2004. Then in 2006, after becoming a British citizen, she began competing for Team GB and became its number one racer in the 100 meter and 200 meter categories for wheelchair racing. She carried the Paralympic torch in 2012 when the Paralympics came to London.

Read the full article at New Mobility.