WINTER OLYMPIC: SUPPORT THE NIGERIAN WOMEN’S BOBSLEIGH TEAM FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

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SUPPORT THE NIGERIAN WOMEN’S BOBSLEIGH TEAM FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018

The Nigerian Women’s Bobsleigh athletes joining Team Visa are:

•           Seun Adigun (Nigeria, driver): Adigun represented Nigeria in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Wanting to get back on the Olympic stage, she began training for bobsleigh in 2014.

 

•           Ngozi Onwumere (Nigeria, brakeman): Onwumere, a former competitive sprinter, clinched silver and gold medals at the 2015 African Games in Republic of the Congo in the 200m and 4x100m relay, respectively. Onwumere started training after being recruited by Adigun in 2016.

 

•           Akuoma Omeoga (Nigeria, brakeman): Omeoga is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she was a sprinter for the university’s track and field team, competing in the 100m and 200m events. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be the first time she is representing Nigeria.

“When we first heard their story, we recognized the collective spirit of these athletes as a perfect fit for Team Visa,” said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa. “By joining Team Visa, we hope to provide this group of determined athletes with a global stage to tell their story and inspire athletes all over the world to follow their dreams and never give up.”

Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to perfect their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women’s Bobsleigh Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed “The Maeflower”.

Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website hoping to raise the much-needed funds to get to PyeongChang. Upon discovering the page, Visa was inspired by their story and determination to carve out a place in history, and pledged to help solidify the team’s trip to the Olympic Winter Games.

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