TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES
As the old cliche goes age is just a number has been used quite often in sports, especially at the Tokyo Olympics,
Husnah Kukundakwe, who is only 14-year-old, is set to create history as she’ll be the youngest athlete to participate in the Tokyo Paralympics. The teenager is also Uganda’s only classified Para Olympic swimmer competing in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke (SB8) category at the para Olympics.
Kukundakwe was born in Rubagaa hospital with a congenital limb impairment which left her with no right arm spoke with joy and charisma to the world media on some of the challenges she faced with her disability through school.
I got used to being like that ,i started to realize that i dont care what
Peaple see or what other people think i am because of who i look like.
Road to Tokyo
Road to Tokyo Husnah Kukundakwe made her debut in the international competitions in 2019 when she represented Uganda at the Singapore World Series. The teenager would then also go on to compete in the World Para Swimming Championships in the same year. Two years later in April 2021, Husnah achieved her dream of qualifying for the Paralympics when she competed at the World Para-swimming Series in the United Kingdom.
Husnah put in a formidable performance in the women’s 100m breaststroke (SB8) as she clocked a time of 1:36.31, which was much quicker than the minimum entry time of 1:37.44, to seal her qualification for the Tokyo Paralympics. Husnah has already achieved a feat that very few have managed before as a para swimmer from the African continent is a rare sight.
All eyes will be on the young Ugandan as she gets ready to make a big splash on the grandest stage of them all.