Further Personal Information
||Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began weightlifting in 2006 in Kampala, Uganda.
|Why this sport?
||"I had an amazing talent in this sport. I performed better at the talent identification programme than those who were training for it."
|Club / Team
||Kingfield Barbell: Minneapolis, MN, USA
|Name of coach
||Anthony Silengo [personal]
||Playing snooker, watching movies, preaching. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2014)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Setting a Ugandan record at the 2015 World Championships in Houston, TX, United States of America. (AmbassadorSports, 01 Dec 2016; monitor.co.ug, 24 Nov 2015)
||He suffered a back injury while training for the 2014 World Championships, which he carried into the event in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2014)
He tore the meniscus in his knee while training in the United States, three months before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He recovered in time to compete in London, but the injury affected his performance at the Games. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2014)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Whatever happens, it's gonna be fun." (Facebook profile, 03 Nov 2017)
|Awards and honours
||He was flag bearer for Uganda at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Facebook profile, 05 Jul 2014)
He was named the 2011 United States Powerlifting Association [USPA] Weightlifter of the Year. (myuganda.co.ug, 05 Apr 2012)
He became the first weightlifter to represent Uganda at an Olympic Games when he competed at the 2012 Games in London. He received a wild card entry for London from the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF]. (allafrica.com, 27 Jun 2012; newvision.co.ug, 27 Jun 2012)
TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES
In 2012 he trained in Colorado Springs, CO, United States, after receiving an Olympic Solidarity scholarship from the International Olympic Committee [IOC]. He once again won a scholarship to train in Colorado Springs in 2015/16. (monitor.co.ug, 24 Nov 2015; newvision.co.ug, 27 Jun 2012)