ABIDOGUN Ola < Back  
Sport Para Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 03 Aug 1993 in Ilford, ENG
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Classification T47
Further Personal Information
Residence Bolton, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Law - Nottingham Trent University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at school and later joined a club.
Why this sport? He was encouraged to try sprinting at age 15 by Great Britain Para athletics head coach Paula Dunn. "I started out in high jump. That's what I was discovered for. Paula looked at my running times and thought they were good, so after a conversation with my coach I started sprinting and stopped jumping. I don't think I could go back and do it now."
Club / Team Horwich RMI Harriers: Bolton, ENG
Name of coach Grant Barker [personal], GBR, from 2013; Steve Thomas
General Interest
Nicknames O (Facebook profile, 29 Sep 2013)
Hobbies Learning Japanese. (britishathletics.org.uk, 14 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. "As not only a Para athlete, but a black Para athlete, it was first time I was ever in any kind of limelight, and I probably look on it as the most enjoyable thing I've ever done. It set up the rest of my career going forward because it gave me the confidence I needed, but also just being around a ton of other black athletes, I felt massively included." (teamengland.org, 30 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (btplc.com, 31 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto "It's not about the disability, it's about the ability." (blottr.com, 23 Aug 2012)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 05 Jan 2020)
Impairment His right arm has been amputated below the elbow. (paralympics.org.uk, 10 Nov 2012)
Other information ATHLETICS BREAK
He began a law degree in 2014 and took a break from the sport until graduating in 2017. "I did my law degree. I spoke to my parents, my coach and Paula [Dunn, then Great Britain Para athletics head coach] and we agreed it was more beneficial for me at that time in my life to get my degree done and then go back to athletics. The degree was a one and done, whereas success in athletics could take another 10 years so it was a better decision to do my degree then, rather than doing my whole athletics career and then starting my studies." (britishathletics.org.uk, 14 Jul 2020)