Lucy Ejike

Powerlifting

Lucy Ejike, the Paralympic queen of powerlifting, is no stranger to setting and breaking world and Olympic records, despite being afflicted with polio. The 39-year-old has represented Nigeria in five consecutive Paralympic Games from 2000 in Sydney to 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, where she served as team captain. She has won three gold and two silver medals in the course of her illustrious career. Ejike's story is one of resilience and courage. Not one to rest on her laurels, the mother of two is already gearing up to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games. Lucy plans to start a foundation for sports development among disabled athletes. She wants to encourage them to rise above their disabilities and organize competitions for athletes, where winners are awarded prize money to support their training.