Player Profile - Charles Okwonga

Full Name:

Charles Okwonga

Classification:

Class 2.0

Honours:

Kampala MTN 10 Km Marathon 2015

2nd Runner up (Bronze Medal).

Blazesports International

Sports Ambassador 2017.

Born December 10, 1990, Charles suffered a life-changing injury in his infant 8 years after being blown by foot landmine during the war ravaged Northern Uganda, no one would have blamed him if he decided life as he knew it was over. Facing his future as a double amputee with no limbs, he could have easily viewed the outcome as the end rather than a beginning. Instead, Okwonga rehabilitated and tried live trying out everything his hands could afford him including work and plays as he grew up. Okwonga went on to a College Diploma in Counselling and Guidance, compete and win 100m as a wheelchair athlete on a National scale on his debut, positively influence hundreds of disabled youth and adults through motivational speaking programs over the last 2 years.

 

As a child studying in a mainstream school Charles played with other school mates but never did get a chance to play any disability sport. He saw one day people with disabilities playing Wheelchair Basketball at Disability organisation in Gulu but had to wait read from the Newspapers about wheelchair athletics. Now Charles has a sport he calls his own and does not have to be discriminated by no disabled persons when playing these disability sports. After a few years of play Charles was trained as a coach for wheelchair basketball in Uganda before travelling to Germany for more sports coaching courtesy of … German- African Sports Camp-Berlin September 12-21, 2014. He returned to home with a gift of a brand new mobility wheelchair thanks to the coaches of COMENGA.

 

Charles used a wheelchair basketball adapted sports chair to compete in the 2015 MTN Kampala 10km Marathon finishing third place. Charles skipped the 2016 marathon edition due to absence of a better competing sports wheelchair. He tried modifying one of his old mobility chairs into a tricycle but not quite effective but earned him fourth place after crashing 500m to the finishing line. Charles aspires to see himself as a noble citizen who can contribute to national development of his country when given a chance unlike before when disability meant absolute worthlessness. Charles’ goal is to work hard in training so that he represents his country at least in one of the sports disciplines wheelchair basketball and wheelchair race.

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