Meet The 2018 Winter Olympic Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team Making History

 L-R: Ngozi Onwumere, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga

L-R: Ngozi Onwumere, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga

Seun Adigun, a former Team USA bobsled break(wo)man has teamed up with Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere to spearhead the first African bobsled team in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics Games. In South Korea 2018, the Winter Games will welcome Africa's first-ever contestants in the bobsled games (Bobsleigh or bobsled is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled. The timed runs are combined to calculate the final score). 

Seun Adigun who also ran for Nigeria’s track and field team in the 2012 Olympics, is pursuing a doctorate in chiropractic and a master’s in fitness and human performance at the University of Houston. Ngozi Onwumere is also pursuing a doctorate at the same school while Akuoma Omeoga is a healthcare recruiter. 

These ladies have not only stirred up the interests in this sport, but are having a huge impact in the lives of little girls (and children) all around the world; most especially in Nigeria and in African countries alike. Suffice to say, there are still a lot of people who don't know who they are or what bobsledding really is. However, this hasn't dampened the wave of donations pouring in from all over the world to help fund the dreams of these amazing young Pan-African Women who are leading by example. They are out to prove that anything and everything is possible with a strong belief and commitment to persevere together for a common goal. 

The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental international advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses. Between now and the 2018 Winter Games, the Nigeria Female Bobsled Team needs to raise $150,000 to successfully execute this historic run and support their dream team. While this may seem like a hefty amount, they're confident that with the Your help, they can meet and even surpass this goal. They have created a plan that will divide this sum into phases so that it can strategically be achieved. The funds raised will ensure they can financially take care of things such as;

  • A bobsled for practice and competition
  • Sled Runners (blades on the base)
  • Tools for the sled
  • Ice time (for learning how to drive)
  • Cost of shipping the sled to different tracks
  • Transportation, lodging, travel expenses for myself and my brake(wo)men
  • Winter gear (shoes, jackets, spikes, travel bags, etc) for myself and my brake(wo)men
  • Team Competition gear (helmets, uniforms, practice gear, etc)
  • Athlete insurance for myself and my brake(wo)man
  • Misc. (registration and membership fees)
 Photo: Ms. Seun Adigun

Photo: Ms. Seun Adigun

Starting the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled team was not an easy decision, but I know it will be one of the most impactful things I will ever initiate. The fate of Nigeria’s eligibility to be represented in the 2018 Winter Olympics rests exclusively on my ability to qualify as a competent driver. I decided to accept this responsibility and recruited two wonderful young women, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, as my brakemen. As the driver, I am individually responsible for the vast majority of team and operational expenses. The 2016-2017 season has already begun, which has required me to jump-start my spending to get everything set up. This has become increasingly difficult to uphold financially because I am entering my final year as a post-graduate student. I am concurrently completing a dual degree program composed of a Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) and a Master’s of Science in Sports Science (MS).
— Seun Adigun (Driver, The Nigeria Women's Bobsled Team)

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