National Wheelchair Basketball, Kyambogo Kampala 2014
Most Valuable Player (Tournament) 2014
National Wheelchair Basketball, Madibira Busia 2016
Most Valuable Player (Finals) 2016
Gulu run 5000m Action Aid Marathon 2016
National Wheelchair Basketball, Kaunda ground, Gulu 2017
Most Valuable Player (Finals) 2017
"Marathon" Denis Ojara was paralyzed on both legs as a result of polio contracted at age 4 and resigned to a wheelchair for mobility. His athletic career started when a neighbour with spinal injury invited him to the Gulu Disabled Person’s Union where wheelchair basketball had been established in 2007. To Denis getting involved in sport was answer to social inclusion since he grew up just watching other people play sport and playing was a temptation he could not resist. Denis has been Uganda Wheelchair Basketball Most Valuable Player in all three editions of the National Disability Sports gala started in 2014.
Wheelchair athletics was first known to me by watching pictures in Newspapers of wheelchair people participating MTN marathon in Kampala in 2013. Denis featured in the 2016 MTN Kampala 10km Marathon using a wheelchair basketball sports chair and finished fifth place. He was however able to take first place in the Gulu 5000m marathon run under the theme: “Reject and Report Corruption-Your Responsibility for Improved Service Delivery” sponsored by ActionAid 2016. Preferring to skip the 2017 MTN Kampala 10km wheelchair Race , Denis opted to coach and be pace creator wheeling along team mate and eventual female champion Acayo Polline cementing his true accolade of leadership.
Denis early education had hiccups due to financial hardships from family completing primary school and acquiring secondary scholarship from an organization that was short-lived. He was fortunate to benefit from a skills training Youth Development Programme attaining a certificate in electronics wherefore he can do minor cell, radio, Television sets repair as a technician. So he plies his trade as Technician by day and finds time in the evening to practice wheelchair basketball with team mates.
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