ABDULAI Ruky < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 08 Aug 1985 in Accra, GHA
Height1.80 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Coquitlam, BC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Criminology - Simon Fraser University: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began competing in athletics in 1993 in Accra, Ghana.
Why this sport? Paa Willy, a track coach at the Accra Sports Stadium, spotted her and suggested she try training with him.
Club / Team Valley Royals Track Club: Canada
Name of coach Jerrold Jones, Brit Townsend
Coach from which country? Canada
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for Canada
Tournament Pan American Games
General Interest
Hobbies Singing, dancing, reading. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Representing Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games. (rbc.com, 17 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career Her mother. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol Canadian hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2010)
Injuries She suffered a tear to the patellar tendon [knee] in 2010 and took five months to fully recover. She suffered a more severe tear to the same tendon in 2011. The injury required plasma injections and hours of pool-based rehabilitation. (Vancouver Sun, 5 Jun 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "You’ve still got a chance if you absolutely refuse to quit." (rbc.com, 17 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives Her father Abdulai Chesco represented Ghana in football in the 1970s. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (Vancouver Sun, 05 Jun 2012)
Other information FROM GHANA TO CANADA
Born in Accra, Ghana, she moved to the Netherlands at age 13 when her father, a United Nations employee, was transferred there for work. A talented age-group runner, she attracted the attention of several US universities and verbally agreed to attend the University of Missouri. However, while studying English in New York, she made contact with the coaching staff at Simon Fraser University in Canada and decided to enrol there in August 2004. She gained Canadian citizenship in 2008. (Vancouver Sun, 05 Jun 2012; canada.com, 01 Feb 2008))