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Para-athletics is an alteration of athletics and it is usually participated with persons living with disability, it comprises the physical, intellectual, visual and impairments, before a athletes is legible to participate in any event, he or she must be classified according to the IPC athlete classification code and standard, the purpose is to ensure fairness in competition.

Each class has 2 codes the T or F which simplifies Track and Field event, Athletes are placed according to their disability in various classes; this is done to safeguard the integrity of the Sports. Example.

  • T45 – 47 (Upper Limb)
  • T36 – 38 (Cerebral Palsy)
  • T11 – 13 (Vision Impairment)
  • T42 – 61 (Lower Limb)
  • F40 – 41 (Dwarfism)
  • TF31 – 34 (Wheelchair)


Bayelsa State Para-Athletics came into existence in 2004, and it was assimilated with the able Athletics and was super headed by Coach Ebiye Pupre, the 1st Outing was Abuja National Sports Festival 2004, a Bronze First Medal was won by Endurance Thursday at T12 200M men’s event.


  • To reduce stigma, by building a sporting community with the athletes, by ensuring them that they can also make it, like the able athlete


  • To encourage total support
  • To maximized their potential by focusing on their dream


  • 2007: Deborah Aguty Obolo in the F12 Long Jump women event was the 1st Nigeria to win Gold in the All African Games Algiers with a distance of 5:23m and silver in T12 400M women.
  • In 14th of July 2007 she was rank as Africa No 1 and world No 5, she is the first Bayelsa Para-Athletics Athlete to qualified both in men and women to Beijing Paralympics Games 2008.
  • 2022: World Para Athletic Fazza Diamond league Dubai Two Silver.
  • Para – Athletics featured at the 1st Median Para Games Abuja 2018 won a total medal of 14 Gold, 9 Silver and 6 Bronze and with an overall outstanding 1st position in track and field event.

about Top Athletes

Igolukumo Joseph Ekiou was born in 1984, Amatolo Southern Ijaw L.G.A Bayelsa State, she started her sports career in 2008 in T37/38 Class Para-Athletics.

Sport Achievement:

  • National Sports Festival Kada 2008 – 1 Gold
  • National Sports Festival Garden City 2011 – 1 Gold
  • National Sports Festival Eko 2012 – 1 Silver
  • Two Times Commonwealth
  • 1st Para Sports Festival 2022 – 2 Gold and 1 Silver
  • National Sports Festival 2022 Asaba – 3 Silver, 2 Bronze


  • Basic Coaching Sports Institute of Rivers State Isaka Port Harcourt

Yakiel Joseph Nelson was born in 1989, Ovom Yenagoa L.G.A Bayelsa State, he started his sports career in 2012 in T37/38 Class Para-Athletics.

Sport Achievement:

  • National Sports Festival Eko 2012: 1 Silver
  • National Sports Festival Edo 2020: 1 Gold
  • 1st Para Sports Festival Abuja 2022: 2 Gold 1 Silver
  • 2022 Para Athletics Fazza Diamond League Dubai: 2 Silver
  • National Sports Festival Asaba 2022: 3 Bronze


  • West African Examination Council (WAEC)


2020 – National Sports Festival Edo

Yakiel Joseph Nelson1 Gold
Eyerinmene David1 Bronze
Babatunde Sheriff2 Bronze

2021 – National Youth Games Ilorin

Eyerinmene David1 Bronze

2022 Para Athletics Fazza Diamond League Dubai

Yakiel Joseph Nelson2 Silver

1ST National Para Sports Festival Abuja 2022

Igolukumo Angel .J. Ekiou2 Gold, 1 Silver
Yakiel Joseph Nelson2 Gold, 1 Silver
John Godgift3 Gold, 1 Silver
Cynthia Mabiko1 Gold, 1 Silver
Helen Wenme Gilbert2 Gold
Taritimi Warrin Akene2 Gold
Kennedy Chibuike Ezeji2 Gold
Domotimi Talent2 Silver, 1 Bronze
Joy Ahiakwo1 Silver, 1 Bronze
David Eyerinmene1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Christopher Adah1 Bronze
Bright Nwoyoro Philip1 Bronze
Bisou Ebiwari Becky1 Bronze


Kemi-Ladipo1 Gold, 3 Silver
Kennedy Ezeji1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Igolukumo Angel Joseph Ekiou
3 Silver, 2 Bronze
David Eyerinmene1 Silver
Olasunkarimi R. Funmilayo2 Gold

Yakiel Joseph Nelson
3 Bronze


head coach

Anthony Imbimoh is presently the Head Coach Bayelsa State Para-Athletics, He was born in 1976 in Tungbo Sagbama L.G.A, Bayelsa State.

He started his sporting career in 1992, specialized in Track and Field event F55/T54, in 1992 he won a gold medal in the 42km Marathon race in Lagos and silver in 5000m event in 1992 Winco Foam Championship Lagos.

His first international outing for sports was Melbourne Common Wealth Games Australia, where he placed 4th position in Discus in 2006. All Africa games Algiers 2007. He won 2 silver in shotput and discus event. 2015 all Africa Games Congo Bazzavile. He won Bronze in F55/F56 men’s shotput event, currently is the technical Rep for the Para-Athletics Federation.


Deborah Aguty Obolo was born in 1982 in Otuakeme, Ogbia L.G.A, Bayelsa State. She started her sporting career in 1996 then in her secondary school inter-house sports athlete. She started participating in Para-Athletics in 2006 due to her visual impairment; she was classified into T12 at the Gateway National Sports Festival. She won 2 Gold & 2 Silver. 2007 she won the opened All Africa Games National Trial in Ibadan in 200m, 100m & long jump 2007. All Africa Games Algiers 1 gold and 1 silver.

14th July 2007 she was rank as Africa No 1 in long jump T12 women with a distance of 5.23cm.

ACADEMY: Basic in Coaching (NIS), BSC in Sociology & Anthropology FUO Bayelsa State.

Presently she is the Secretary of the Bayelsa State Para-Athletics Association.

The Assist. – Jeremiah Daniel

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