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Nigerian women’s bobsled team trying to qualify for 2018 Winter Olympics

By WITW Staff on December 13, 2016

Bobsledding might not exactly be the national pastime in Nigeria, but three women are on a mission to change that — and do a lot more. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga have set up a GoFundMe page to finance their hopes of setting up a bobsledding federation for their country and all of Africa, so they can pursue their dream of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Games. Qualifying for the Olympic games would make them the first Nigerian team ever to compete in bobsledding for the Winter Olympics — and doing so would “represent monumental international advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses,” Adigun argues. In order to compete, they need to raise at least $150,000 to cover the costs for all their gear, and they just crossed the $10,000 plateau on their way to that goal. The trio is confident they’ll raise enough funds to compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Games of 2018 through “a little faith, support and willingness to persevere.”

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