Fresh challenge for Paralympian

Harlow Paralympic wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike will be the first disabled person in Europe to attempt the "Tough Mudder" challenge - an extreme assault course including fire, ice, underground tunnels and 10,000 volts of electricity

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Extreme obstacles in store for Anne Wafula Strike

Take a look at the kind of thing Anne Wafula Strike will be facing when she attempts the Tough Mudder challenge next month. Obstacles on the extreme 10 mile course include ice baths, fire, wire cages and 10,000 volt electricity.

Anne is aiming to be the first person in Europe to complete the course in a wheelchair, in order to raise money for AbleChildAfrica and her own charity the Olympia Wafula Foundation.

Profile - Anne Wafula Strike

Paralympic athlete Anne Wafula Strike Credit: ITV News
  • British Paralympic wheelchair racer, based in Harlow

  • Born in Mihuu, Kenya, and moved to the UK in 2004

  • Anne contracted polio at the age of two and was later diagnosed with below T7 paralysis

  • She began wheelchair racing in 2002

  • In 2004 she became the first Kenyan wheelchair racer to represent her country, competing in the T53[2] 400m finals at the Athens Paralympics

  • Gained British citizenship in 2006 and became a member of Team GB

  • Her disability has been reclassified and she now competes in the T54 racing category

  • In 2007 she was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her work as a disabled athlete and for involvement in charity work for people with disabilities
  • She narrowly missed a place in the London 2012 Paralympics, but was a torchbearer, carrying the Olympic flame past London Zoo


Anne Wafula Strike to become first person in a wheelchair to attempt "Tough Mudder"

10,000 volt wires - just one of the obstacles in the Tough Mudder course Credit: Tough Mudder

In one month, Paralympic wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike will become the first person in Europe ever to attempt the 'Tough Mudder' challenge in a wheelchair.

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces. The obstacles include such feats as crossing through burning firewood, ice baths, and dangling 10,000 volt electric wires.

Anne wants to complete the challenge to raise money for her own charity, the Olympia Wafula Foundation, and also AbleChildAfrica, which aims to promote the realisation of equal rights for disabled children and their families in Africa.

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