Harlow’s Anne Wafula-Strike named in Disability Power 100

Communities / Thu 22nd Oct 2020 at 08:06am

HARLOW’s paralympian, Anne Wafula-Strike has been named in the Disability Power 100.

To this who know Anne, it is no surprise but to those who do not, it is worth repeating her incredible biography.

This is the third time in a town, Anne has been on The Shaw Trust list.

We are sure the whole town is proud of the work Anne does.


Anne Wafula Strike MBE challenges misconceptions about disability. Athlete, author, disability and inclusion champion, and sporting ambassador; Anne inspires achievement and excellence through motivational talks that encourage others to overcome difficulties and maximise their potential.

In 2004, Anne became the first wheelchair racer from Sub-Saharan Africa to compete at the Paralympics. She uses her life meaningfully, with a purpose to inspire people facing challenges to tap into the latent power that lies within them.

Anne is a disability rights and inclusion campaigner and she has lobbied organisations and government to ensure access and inclusion is on the agenda. Anne is a Board member of UK Athletics, British Paralympics Association , Active Essex and Sports Chaplaincy UK.

She founded Olympia-Wafula Foundation to promote healthy living solutions for people with disabilities emphasising education, mobility and advocacy to empower and enrich their lives through social inclusion. She also supports various charities in the capacity of ambassador, champion and patron.

She is the author of the award winning autobiography In My Dreams I Dance (published by Harper Colins). The book is set for an update due to public demand for the incredible story.

In 2014, Anne was awarded an MBE by The Queen for her services to Charity and disability sport. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Health Sciences) by York St John University.

In 2019, Anne was recognised by the iNews as one of the 100 leading Black women in the world.

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