Double Amputee Paralympian Joins House of Reps Race

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaA former paralympian, Vitalis Lanshima, has declared his intention to seek elective office in the House of Representatives in the Jos North/ Bassa Constituency under the All Progressives Congress (APC).Lanshima, who is an indigene of Plateau State and lived in the United States of America for over 15 years, made the declaration yesterday at a news briefing, pledging to empower the poor. Former paralympic athlete, Vitalis Lanshima , is aiming to represent his federal constituency at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja In year 2000, Lanshima represented Nigeria at the Paralympic Games in Australia and set three world records in 100, 200 and 400 metres.He was subsequently recruited and awarded an athletics scholarship in the US, becoming the first international Paralympic athlete to compete for a college in the US.Lanshima was 12 years old when he was electrocuted after the crossbar he was holding, when practicing high jump at the University of Jos inadvertently touched an electric high-tensioned power cable.The accident dashed any hope he had of becoming successful in life and escaping poverty as it resulted in the amputation of both his arms.He only enrolled in J.S.S. I at the age of 18 after facing rejection from several schools on account of his disabilityThe business community leader is the first person with disability to serve in the elected office on Louisville Metro Council in Kentucky in the US.He said as a member of the House of Representatives, he would work with other members to find ways to stimulate economic development in Nigeria, work for lasting peace in the country and ensure transparency.“Transparency is the best disinfectant to fight corruption and that is my keyword. I will ensure that every penny allocated to my constituency is published online for easy tracking by the public.“I want to create a Nigeria that traveling on its road is not a suicide mission. We want a Nigeria where a child who lives in Bassa Local Government has equal opportunity with a child in Dubai.“With my wealth of experience as a metro councilor in Louisville, USA, I can contribute to make Nigeria a beacon for Africa.” Lanshima promised yesterday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UND goalie saves Sioux

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe old saying in college hockey is that goaltending winschampionships.With Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory, the play of North Dakotanetminder Jean-Philippe Lamoureux showed why his Fighting Sioux could very wellcontend for the NCAA title.Lamoureux stopped 41 of Wisconsin’s 43 shots on the night,using nearly every piece of equipment he had. He also made 38 saves in UND’sopening round win over Princeton, earning him the Midwest Regional’s MostOutstanding Player award.“Lamoureux gave them a chance to win,” UW goalie ShaneConnelly said. “I think that just gave them the confidence.”With his team trailing a desperate Badger team, Lamoureuxmade the big saves when Wisconsin threatened to put the game away. MichaelDavies was robbed by Lamoureux’s glove in the first period on a power playopportunity; Matthew Ford was unable to poke the puck past the stretchingnetminder, sprawled out in the butterfly; Ben Grotting and John Mitchell wereboth unable to beat the senior with time running down at the end of regulation.It was a common trend all night.“It’s tough when you’re going up against a hot goalie,”forward Ben Street said. “He’s done that all year. We knew that was going tohappen. Our game plan was to get pucks and bodies at him, and there were a fewtimes that he left a rebound there and we just didn’t have a guy there to bangit in.”Davies had perhaps the most notable failed chance to put onepast the UND goaltender as he gathered the puck and skated on a breakawaytowards the Sioux net. After skating to his left, Davies was able to getLamoureux to commit and slide across the crease. But the Wisconsin forwardcouldn’t get enough on the shot, firing it into the goalie’s chest.“If he could put it upstairs from where he was, or gobar-down, you have to tip your hat to the guy,” Lamoureux said of Davies.“Coming in on a breakaway with speed, it’s a difficult play. I was confident inmy decision-making and fortunate I made the save.”Lamoureux also had the posts to back him up on a few Badgershots Sunday. Wisconsin freshman Kyle Turris fired a shot that hit the rightpipe and bounced through the crease but never wobbled its way past the goalline. Defenseman Davis Drewiske also drew iron on a power play chance early inthe second period.The bounces off the post seemed to go Wisconsin’s waySaturday night against Denver. Several Pioneer shots caromed off the pipes,providing a sigh of relief for Connelly.“He had his best friend, the pipes, there a couple times,”UW head coach Mike Eaves said of Connelly Saturday.But against North Dakota, the posts befriended Lamoureux.“[Denver] hit the posts last night, and Shane had themstrapped on. And tonight, Mr. Lamoureux did,” Eaves said. “Talk about littlethings making a difference.”The only bad break Lamoureux did catch Sunday was onWisconsin’s second goal of the game with just 39 seconds to play in the secondperiod. Defenseman Cody Goloubef fired a wrister from the point that went wide,and the puck took a funny hop off the backboards and bounced off Lamoureux andin.But what could have been a back-breaking goal that put UNDdown two proved to be the final time UW would tinge the twine.“I think certainly Wisconsin got a lucky break on thatsecond [goal] at the end of the second period,” Lamoureux said. “It could’vebeen demoralizing for a team to give up a goal and a two-goal lead going intothe third on top of that. But we regrouped collectively. It’s a position we’vebeen in before this year, and our big-time leaders stepped up and made bigplays for us.”last_img read more

More hurdles for AFCON hero, Mba

first_imgThere seems to be no end in sight for the club future of AFCON hero Sunday Mba. Just when it appeared that his travails would soon be resolved amicably, a new twist has appeared in the tussle between Rangers International of Enugu and Warri Wolves over who owns the player.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through an ad-hoc committee have ruled that Mba still has a contract with Warri Wolves and as such his preferred club Enugu Rangers will have to cough out a transfer fee agreed by both players for the star player.Wolves are demanding for 12 million Naira (about $75,000) and Rangers have since reacted by saying they are “studying” the offer.While this impasse continues it is the promising career of Mba that has been put on hold. Mba was a complete shadow of himself during the 2014 FIFA WorldCup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar last month. As it is now, Mba has yet to play club football in Nigeria several weeks after his goal won Nigeria a third AFCON title in Johannesburg, South Africa.And reports have also suggested that overseas clubs who have shown interest in the player are gradually pulling out of negotiations because they do not know which club they should actually be doing business with. What is even more worrisome is that both Rangers and Warri Wolves do not appear to be willing to shift grounds as the large-sized egos of their top officials have now got in the way.Nigeria goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu told MTN.com that the row over Mba has been detrimental to the player’s career.”I am urging and pleading with both clubs (Rangers and Warri Wolves) to settle the case and allow Sunday (Mba) concentrate on his career,” said Shorunmu, himself a former international star.“What is happening is not good for his career. I don’t really know what transpired between the clubs on Sunday’s transfer, they know. I want them to consider the boys career and settle it in time. It is taking its toll on him already.”last_img read more