Player Profile - Richard Ocira

Full Name:

Richard Ocira

Classification:

Class 4.0

Honours:

National Wheelchair Basketball, Kyambogo Kampala 2014

Top scorer 43 points 2014.

Kampala MTN 10 Km Marathon 2015

1st Runner up (Silver Medal).

Kampala MTN 10 Km Marathon 2016

2nd Runner up (Bronze Medal)

National Wheelchair Basketball, Madibira Busia 2016

Second Top scorer 16 points 2016

Gulu run 5000m Action Aid Marathon 2016

1st Runner up

National Wheelchair Basketball, Kaunda ground, Gulu 2017

Top scorer 42 points

Kampala MTN 10 Km Marathon 2017

1st Runner up (Silver Medal)

Born May 7, 1998 in a family of 4 girls and 4 boys during insurgency in War ravaged Northern Uganda, Ocira Richard lived with his widowed mother having lost his father early. Their survival was dependency on food rations provided by the United Nations World Food Programme as inhabitants of one of the Internally Displaced Peoples’ camp. He suffered a severe medical condition in 2004 that impaired his right leg and currently limps with crutches. Richard’s family migrated to live in one of the slums in Gulu town where he had access to fairly good education. His education however never went on as planned due to financial constraints compelling him to drop out of school in form two. Due to inquisitiveness, Richard learnt how to do basic repairs on mobile phones through apprenticeship before acquiring a Certificate in Electronics. Repairing phones is his major source of income today although he desires to still further his educational fulfillment to a higher level.

 

Richard found opportunity to play sports with Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club at the time Gulu Disabled Persons Union implemented an Inclusive Disability Sport (IDS) 2012-2014. He enrolled as an athlete and became very skillful and made several friends. Richard got a chance to undergo two consecutive Trainer of trainers workshops in July 2012 (Gulu) and another one in August 2013 (Kampala) facilitated by German Expatriate Dr. Horst Strohkendl enabling him to conduct basic wheelchair Basketball coaching to his peers and younger children. For all the three times his club participated in the Uganda Wheelchair basketball National Championships, Richard was Top Scorer or Most Valuable Player contender. His game level is definitely elite except for the fact that our country has not yet established links with the International Federation for us to participate at the International stage.

 

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. 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.  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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