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ONYE Lauritta
Sport Para athletics
NPC Nigeria   
GenderWomen
Age38
Height1.25 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F40
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lagos, NGR
Occupation
Actress
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
In 2007, after it was announced that the All-Africa Games would include events for athletes of short stature that year, she started training at the National Stadium in Lagos and was invited to join the national team. The All-Africa Games cancelled its events for athletes of short stature in 2007, but she continued training, and went on to win a silver medal at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
Name of coach
Patrick Anaeto [national], NGR
General Interest
Nicknames
Laury White (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2021)
Hobbies
Singing, dancing, reading, travelling, socialising. (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2021; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F40 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2021; Paralympic Games Twitter profile, 14 May 2021; bbc.com, 13 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian athlete Chioma Ajunwa. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being a champion is not by height, size or beauty: it is by strength, smartness, determination, confidence and endurance. Without these five qualities, you can't win." (punchng.com, 30 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal and break the F40 shot put world record at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (today.ng, 26 Oct 2019)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2021; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Other information
ACTING WORK
She has done acting work and starred in a 2015 Nigerian film called 'Lords of Money' under the screen name Laury White. "All I wanted to do was acting. I never dreamed of being a sportsperson. I wanted to be a superstar in acting, but I was fortunate to find myself in sports. I can't leave acting because that's what puts food on my table. The way I balance my sports career is through acting. I should have gone very far in acting but I've not because of sports. The reason I attained the heights in sports was because I put my acting career on hold and focused on sports. I gave sports 80% and acting 20%. But because of the disappointments I've suffered, it's now 50-50 [speaking in 2021]." (paralympic.org, 09 Jul 2019; Facebook profile, 14 Feb 2016; punchng.com, 30 Dec 2015, 04 Mar 2021)

OUT OF COMPETITION
She won gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but then missed a number of competitions in the years that followed, including the 2017 World Championships in London, England, due to a lack of sponsors. "Even regular training is difficult as we have to do that at our own expense, including transportation to and from training. It makes it difficult for us. It doesn't help much to just call us to a camp with a few days to an international competition. We need to have longer camps to ensure that we prepare without distractions at home and the strain of providing for ourselves." (sportstalkafrica.com, 18 May 2019; aclsports.com, 06 Dec 2018, 11 Jan 2018)

JAVELIN DEBUT
She was victorious in the F40/44/46 javelin at the 2019 Grand Prix event in Tunis, Tunisia, which was her first time competing in javelin. "I'm happy, this is my first time throwing the javelin in a competition, I have never thrown a javelin in my life and now I have the experience of it, so I am very happy. I couldn't wait to compare with other people and I will do more of it." (paralympic.org, 02 Jul 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Shot Put F40 8.40
  2016 Discus Throw F41  DNS
3 2021 Shot Put F40 8.29
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 Discus Throw F41 20.94
1 2015 Shot Put F40 7.72
11 2019 Discus Throw F41 20.45
3 2019 Shot Put F40 8.00