Hope and Humanitarianism

Anne-Wafula-Strike“Going from growing up in a mud hut to mingling and having tea with the queen of England is not something I can take lightly,” says Anne Wafula Strike, MBE — Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — for her service to disability sport and charity. Now 44, Wafula Strike, the first Paralympian to hail from East Africa, is not only a sporting ambassador, but also a speaker, author, wife and mother.

She became paralyzed after a bout with polio at the age of 2. Coming from a small Kenyan village, she traveled a hard road growing up. After meeting her husband in 2000, she moved to the United Kingdom, had a child, and not long after got involved in wheelchair racing. “I started racing to lose weight, but my natural ability was soon spotted, and I quickly began to win lots of medals, gold ones!”

Before she knew it, she was competing in the Paralympics for Kenya in 2004. Then in 2006, after becoming a British citizen, she