To celebrate this day, Pulse Sports looks at five key moments Nigerian para-athletes made Nigerians proud.
The United Nations set December 4th as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
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Nigeria chose nine of the 14 Paralympic tickets available, while Egypt chose five in the singles events.
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Nigeria earned seven medals at the recently concluded 2023 World Para Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai.
To celebrate this day, Pulse Sports looks at five key moments Nigerian para-athletes made the entire nation proud.
These five unforgettable moments show Nigerian para-athletes' unwavering determination, strength, and talents. Their achievements have brought joy to the country and also serve as a source of hope and encouragement to aspiring athletes and people with disability worldwide.
The Five key moments Nigerian Para-athletes made the nation proud.
1. Esther Oyemabo's Gold Medal at Rio 2016
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Esther Oyemabo made history as the first Nigerian woman to win the gold medal.
She took home the gold medal in the Powerlifting category for women 75kg with a massive 130kg weightlifting effort to record an all-new Paralympic record. The victory brought national pride and acclaim, inspiring a new generation of athletes who want to be Para-athletes.
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The National Championship, which will take place in Ogun State capital, Abeokuta Sports Stadium, from June 22 through June 25, 2023, will also be used to choose competitors for the African Para Games in Ghana this year.
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The National Institute of Sports lecturer disclosed this during an international wheelchair Softball friendly game between Nigeria and Ghana at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
2. Ezeji Kennedy scored Nigeria's first goal at Amputees Football World Cup
Kennedy became the First Nigerian to score for the Nigerian Amputee football team in their first World Cup at the Mexico 2018 Amputees Football World Cup against Sierra Leone.
3. Ali Jaw Jaw's Double Gold Medal at Athens 2004
Nigerian Para-athletic legend Ali Jaw Jaw cemented his legacy while participating in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
He took home double gold, winning the 50m and 100m men's freestyle S9 events. Jaw's determination and dominance earned him the status of a national hero and inspired generations of Nigerian para-athletes to dream big.
4. Grace Ihejirika's Silver Medal at Sydney, 2000
At the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Grace Ihejirika became the first Nigerian Para-athlete to win a medal.
She won a silver medal in the Shot put for the women's F11 category, throwing a distance of 8.05m.
Her remarkable achievement set the stage for many more Nigerian Para-athletes to succeed internationally.
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The Paralympic Committee (IPC) presented Patience Igbiti with the 2023 International Women's Day Award alongside Vladyslava Kravchenko from Malta (Emerging Leadership), the Malawi National Paralympic Committee (National Paralympic Committee), and World Para Ice Hockey (International Federation) for their outstanding stands and causes.
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Bolawa Akingbemisilu is the only African in the top seven in the world in the latest ITTF ranking.
5. Laetitia Taminimi's Silver Medal at Rio 2016
Laetitia Taminimi won silver medal for Nigeria's Paralympic record in Rio 2016. Taminimi competed in the shot put women's F57 class, throwing a stunning distance of 10.70m, and secured the second position at the top of the list.
This feat further strengthened Nigeria's position on the international stage in Para-athletics.