Gulu - Northern Uganda
Members of Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club have participated in the Annual MTN Kampala 10km Wheelchair Race since 2015 and have been winners in the top three categories. 1st place takes a Gold medal and price money of UShs 1,500,000; 1st Runner up Winners takes a Silver medal and price money of UShs 800,000; while 2nd Runner up walk away with a Bronze medal and price money of UShs 500,000.
Okwonga Charles and Ocira Richard participated in the Annual MTN Kampala 10km Wheelchair Race 2015 finishing 2nd runner up and 1st runner up respectively
Chairperson Gulu Disabled Persons Union, Mr. Ongom Simon presents Mr. Okwonga Charles with the 2015 MTN 10KM KAMPALA MARATHON 2ND RUNNER AWARD
Though not a wheelchair user for mobility, Richard dared contesting in the MTN Kampala 10km Marathon in 2014 using a wheelchair Basketball sports chair. He surprising held a commanding lead before his chair strap sagged and snapped crashing him painfully on the trail. He never finished the race. He returned 2015 yet again comfortably leading the 10km circuit till the last 500m slop to the finishing point only to be overtaken by eventual winner on a speeding Wheelchair Racing chair. Mr. Ocira Richard with the 2015 MTN 10KM KAMPALA MARATHON 1ST RUNNER AWARD.
Ojara Denis, Okwonga Charles and Ocira Richard participated in the Annual MTN Kampala 10km Wheelchair Race 2016. Ojara Denis finished 4th and Okwonga Charles 5th place missing out on awards and price money. Richard led the 2016 MTN Kampala 10km Marathon but fate could not hand him victory beaten each time by athletes with modified Wheelchair Racing equipment
Mr Ocira Richard finishes 2nd Runner up walking away with a Bronze medal and price money of UShs 500,000
Four Members of GWBC participated in the Sunday November 12, 2017 MTN Kampala 10km Wheelchair Race collecting silverware in three categories namely; Okwonga Charles (Handcycle), Abongo Godfrey (Handcycle), Acen Florence (Handcycle), Acayo Polline (Push Rim) and Ocira Richard (Push Rim). Okwonga Charles using a modified Tricycle finished 4th place and missed out on awards and price money.
Ojara Denis featured in the 2016 MTN Kampala 10km Marathon using a wheelchair basketball sports chair and finished fifth place. 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.
Women’s 10km Winner (Wheelchair Race): Acayo Polline
Prize award UShs 1,500,000/=
Acayo Polline introduced her persona at the national stage, topping the MTN Kampala 10km Wheelchair Race in 53.10 in her maiden experience. Moreover, using a sports wheelchair adapted for wheelchair basketball winning the race has inspired her to seek competitions at national, regional, qualifiers, world championships and Paralympic on a real racing wheelchair
Women’s 10km 2nd Runner-up (Handcycle Race): Acen Florence
Prize award UShs 500,000/=
On her debut appearance in Uganda’s biggest race, the 2017 Kampala MTN 10km marathon using a tricycle, she finished 3rd place, earning Uganda Shillings 500,000/= only
This race is what she called the turning point for her in Wheelchair Racing and her desire is to aspire to return next year and reclaim the top prize which she knows well eluded her because of a flat tyre where she had led throughout down to less than 1 km to finish line. She is interested in racing at the International stage but require a real handcycle designated for most World stage championships.
Men’s 10km 1st Runner-up (Wheelchair Race): Ocira Richard
Prize award 800,000/=
Eventually, using a borrowed Racing Wheelchair for the 2017 MTN Kampala 10km Marathon, he surrendered another nearly concluded victory crashing at one of the final bends that enabled his major rival to beat him to pole position
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