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BOTSYO Nkegbe
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ghana   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthSunyani, GHA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54, F55
Further Personal Information
Family
Three children
Residence
Akosombo, GHA
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1996.
Why this sport?
He got involved in sport for social reasons and to stay fit. He started playing wheelchair basketball, but later switched to Para athletics. "I didn't dream of becoming an athlete. I didn't know of Para sports back then. Back in school I would cheer on athletes who participated in other disciplines. I developed an interest in sports after a meeting I had with a company named Ghana Society of Physical Disability. That was where it started and I took it to the next level."
Club / Team
Go Get Dem Wheelchair Racing Club: Accra, GHA
Name of coach
Emmanuel Laryea, GHA
Training Regime
"I train two hours a day, every day."
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Ghana
General Interest
Nicknames
Ralph (paralympic.org, 30 Jun 2012)
Hobbies
Listening to music, playing wheelchair basketball. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Ghana at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother Eunice. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair racer Jean Driscoll. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always make it fun. We are not going to war, we are going to do sports." (paralympic.org, 30 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year and 2019 Para Athlete of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association of Ghana. (modernghana.com, 14 Oct 2020)

He was flag bearer for Ghana at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (telegraph.co.uk, 29 Aug 2012)
Other sports
He has represented Ghana in wheelchair basketball and has captained the national team. (ghanaolympic.org, 15 Sep 2019)
Milestones
He became the first male Ghanaian to compete in athletics at the Paralympic Games when he took part in the 2004 Games in Athens. (paralympic.org, 19 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 23 Sep 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age six. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019; graphic.com.gh, 13 Apr 2018)
Other information
ROLE MODEL
He says one of his biggest motivations in the sport is being a role model for people with impairments. "Sport is one of the most powerful tools to bring change in one's life as it modifies the perception of disability and people with disabilities. Sport encourages people to keep going. Today I can say I represent a role model for them, a motivating force. Every time I am on the track, I feel like I am carrying the hopes of five million disabled Ghanaians on my shoulder. I'm their hero, the one they are looking up to. That is my motivation, and I want to make an impact and win a medal. Being a wheelchair racer means a lot more to me than just being an athlete. It gives me the opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless, to be a role model for other Para athletes who are looking up to me, to change the perception about people living with disability." (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2020; bbc.co.uk, 07 Nov 2019; oneglobalvoice.it, 23 Jun 2020)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
He was intending to retire in 2020 after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, but decided to extend his career when the Games were postponed. "My spirit dropped when I heard about the postponement of the Games considering I was also thinking of retiring after that. However, I have picked myself up and tried to remain upbeat. [Tokyo] might be my last Olympics because of the strength aspect. Once I retire, my dream is to uplift upcoming Para athletes in my country, and hence I have started a racing club in Ghana to give back to the youth." (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2020; Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 26 Oct 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is the founder of Go Get Dem Wheelchair Racing Club, Ghana's first wheelchair racing club. "I founded it in 2012 and it aims to improve the lives of disabled persons, especially the youth in the rural areas. Sports can definitely empower them to live fulfilling lives." He has also served as vice chairman of the sports sector of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, and as director of Para sports at the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana. (liquidsportsghana.com, 23 Apr 2015, 22 Oct 2014; africaworldmusic.com, 17 Feb 2014; paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
23 2004 100m T54 15.47 
20 2004 200m T54 27.57 
23 2004 400m T54 52.61 
16 2008 200m T54 26.48
19 2008 100m T54 15.55
Round 1 2012 100m T54 15.52
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1st Round 2006 100m T54 15.88
1st Round 2006 200m T54 27.45
16 2019 100m T54 14.91
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010 1500m T54 3:27.08
9 2018 1500m T54 3:18.71
8 2018 Marathon T54 1:56:56