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Alem with team GB athletes

At the UCI para-cycling world championships in Segovia, Spain, team GB demonstrated that sportsmanship still is well alive by helping fellow racer Alem Mumuni to compete. Unlike the team GB athletes, even as Africa’s fastest para-cyclist in the C2 class, Alem receives hardly any institutional funding. For that reason Alem’s coach, 26-year-old Alexandra Main from Devon, volunteered to coach him for free and also set-up a crowdfunding campaign on to raise the funds necessary for Alem to be able to attend the global qualifying events for the Rio games 2016.

As the youngest ever British Paralympics coach, Alex managed to get Alem to the 2012 London games but he contracted chicken pox in the Olympic village right before the qualifying heats and was unable to compete in the main events. The ultimate motivation for Alex and Alem is to bring the first ever Paralympics medal to Ghana and in doing so start changing the country’s perception towards people with...

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