Thursday, July 27, 2017

 

Anne Wafula Strike MBE
Paralympian/Author/keynote speaker.

I was born and educated in Kenya and left Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya in 1994 with a B.Ed Honours majoring in History, Kiswahili and Counselling.

 Before moving to the UK in 2000 I was a lecturer at Machakos Technical Training Institute in Kenya (1994 – 2000).  Lecturing in Kiswahili, English, and Communication Skills to help students gain the qualifications needed to achieve their potential. I also served as Student Counsellor helping students to overcome their problems and advising them on health education.


2003 Achieved

• 5 Gold medals, Sport England Eastern Regional Championships.

• 3 Gold medals, Disability Sport England Championships

2004 Achieved

• 3 Gold medals, Disability Sports England Championships.

• First female wheelchair racer from East Africa to compete in 2004 Paralympics and awarded a special Gold medal to recognise my achievement in Athens.

• Reached finals of 400m representing Kenya.

• Awarded Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year Award.

2005 Achieved

• Represented Kenya in first Paralympic World Cup winning 3 Gold medals

• 3 Gold medals from Disability Sports England Championships representing Team GB in Paralympic World Cup.  

• Awarded Essex Sports Personality of the Year.

2007 Achieved

• Bronze medal for Team GB, Paralympic World Cup.

• Represented Team GB in Australia, Switzerland and Taiwan.

• Won Great Manchester Run and Great South Run.

• 3 Silver medals in USA Paralympic Games Atlanta.

• Represented Team GB in Switzerland.

• Awarded Harlow Sports Personality of the Year.

2008 Achieved

• Finalist Pride in Harlow Award.

• 2 Silver and one Bronze medal at the International Track meet, Stoke Mandeville.

2009 Achieved

• Finalist Harlow Sports Personality of the Year

• Awarded Role Model of the Year

2010 Achieved

• Awarded UK Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year

• Published Autobiography ‘In My Dreams I Dance’

2013 Achieved

• First Paralympian to complete ‘Tough Mudder Challenge’ in Europe

• Black Entertainment, Film and Fashion Award for most inspirational figure.

• UKAA Award for most inspirational figure

• Named as one of the top 12 Black Women in UK

2013 Achieved

• Included in the Best Quotes of 2013 - The Voice UK

• WoMentoring Programme member which is an international Paralympic Committee (IPC) initiative.

2014 Achieved

• Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Charity and disability sport.

• Appointed Non-Executive Director of UK Athletics Board.

Media involvement

2003 Regularly featured in Harlow Newspapers
Featured in The Guardian on Paralympic Classification.

2008 Live TV interview at Beijing Olympics

2009 Featured Interview Sunday Times Magazine

2010

• Won BBC1 ‘My Story’ competition publishing ‘In My Dreams I Dance’

• Appeared in a 30 minute Documentary hosted by Ronan Keating

• Talk Radio Europe live interview on my Autobiography

• BBC Essex Live guest on Breakfast Show

• Able Radio Live interview on my Autobiography

• Independent on Sunday front page colour picture and featured interview

• Aspire Magazine Featured Interview

• Anglia News Finalist in the ITV ‘Feel-good Factor Awards’

 2012

• Sunday Mirror Names 7th best Paralympic story

• London Tonight appeared in the Paralympic coverage

• BBC World TV appeared in the Paralympic coverage

• BBC World Service interview on Women’s Rights and Disability

2013 BT Sport ‘Tough Mudder’ interview

2014 ITV London regional Judge for ‘Pride of Britain Awards’

Charity Work

Outside of my professional racing, speaking and modelling career I promote and am involved with various charities.  

• Current Goodwill Ambassador for ADD International

• Current Patron of the Harlow Canal Boat Project.

• Team Essex Ambassador (2009 and 2010)

• Was Board member of Active Harlow.

• Current Champion for CBM UK.

• Was Board member of Sports Essex

• Current Patron of AbleChildAfrica.

• Current Ambassador for Right to Play International.

•Ambassador for British Polio Fellowship

•Patron - centre for sport, spirituality and Religion (York University). 

•Patron - MSRRF (http://www.ms-researchandrelief.org/centres.html

I also run my own foundation, The Olympia-Wafula Foundation.

A wide variety of work as a model for to raise awareness of different issues; 

• Leonard Cheshire

• Remploy

• Lloyds Bank

• Learn Direct

• Switch Over Digital

• British Polio PPS dress.

Disability Rights Commission – featured in National ‘Dis’ campaign.

I am committed to challenging misconceptions about ability and achievement and I also support the professional and personal development of young athletes, and mentor by offering help and advice when needed.  As part of my determination to motivate and to promote the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I visit schools and sports clubs to speak to children and young adults.

I work as a NED Board member for UK Athletics, a motivational speaker, campaigner for human issues, mentor, and an advocate by giving talks to a wide variety of organisations including Rotary clubs, schools, sports clubs, cooperates both national and internationally, local and national government organisations.

"Nothing and no one in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day". 

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