WATCH: In Conversation with Paralympic rower Kinglsey Ijomah from Reading, as he talks about his extraordinary journey from contracting polio as a baby to becoming a Paralympic rower.
As part of ITV Meridian’s In Conversation series, we’ve been speaking to Paralympic rower Kingsley Ijomah, ahead of his trip to the Tokyo Games.
Kingsley was born in Nigeria, and contracted polio at the age of 9 months. He came to the UK as a teenager. He now lives and works in Reading.
Kingsley’s disability means he doesn't have the use of his legs and uses a wheelchair to move around. However, this didn’t stop him from learning to row.
Kingsley uses a specially adapted seat, and rows using his arms and shoulders.
Video report by ITV News Meridian's Sarah Gomme
Kingsley will be rowing for Nigeria in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in August as he is both a British and Nigerian citizen.
Like all those going to the Olympics and Paralympic games, Covid-19 meant the Games were postponed for a year, with huge personal and financial sacrifices.
Kingsley works as a senior software engineer in the day – but trains around his work at Marlow Rowing Club.
Kingsley explains the reasons why he chose to row for Nigeria, instead of Great Britain.
At the World Rowing Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 2018 Kingsley gained the title "Coolest Rower on the Circuit" by the race commentator.
Kingsley’s goal this year is to gain the title "Paralympic Gold Medallist" in Tokyo.
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