Some of Nigeria’s Paralympians on Saturday assured they would make the best use of the newly-renovated power gym at the National Stadium in Lagos to prepare for international competitions.
Paul Kehinde, a 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medalist, described the gym as a dream come through which would go a long way to make training and preparations for vital competitions easy.
Kehinde said the gym have a standard look with world-class equipment which they could only have access to whenever they go for world championships, as well as continental and inter-continental games.
“Our days of training with dangerous and outdated equipment have gone. We can now boast of a world-class gym which has come at the right time with the Commonwealth Games.
Folashade Oluwafemilayo, another Paralympian, told NAN that she was very happy with the completion of the project.
She said the facility’s former state had been a nightmare for many athletes whenever major games were coming up.
“My joy today is that Peak came to our rescue. They promised and delivered. In short, I can’t wait to train in the gym from Monday.
“I am targeting a gold medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games and with this development and my able coach, I know I will make it. Thanks once again to Peak milk,” she said.
Taiwo Tolulope, also 2016 Paralympian, said FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, has given athletes a sense of belonging after numerous successes in many Games against all odds.
Tolulope added that the new gym would continue to be a significant motivation for established athletes, towards reaching their peak in the career, as well as upcoming powerlifters in the country.
“They shared from our pains, rubbed our backs in the end to put smiles on our faces, which is remarkable,” he said.
Bose Omolayo, another 2016 Paralympics gold medalist, also commended Are Feyisetan, the national coach of the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation.
She said he must be commended for encouraging them and making use of obsolete equipment for rigorous training which has sustained them in the sport.
“I must appreciate our coach Feyisetan for being there through thick and thin, advising us that better days are coming. They have now come. I also thank Peak milk company for everything,” she expressed. (NAN)