• Anyika Onuora - Olympic athlete

Anyika Onuora – Olympic athlete

Liverpool athlete Anyika Onuora is a British sprint track and field athlete who competes in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres, and also the 4×100 metres relay and 4×400 metres relay.

Anyika was part of the triumphant Women’s 4 x 400m relay team that won bronze at this years’ Olympics in Rio along with Christine Ohuruogu, Emily Diamond and Eilidh Doyle. The win helped Team GB surpass London 2012’s medal tally of 65. She was also competing in her third Olympics.

Anyika is not the only talented member of her family, she is the sister of former footballer Iffy Onuora and the academic Emy Onuora, author of the 2015 book Pitch Black, on the experiences of black British footballers.

My schools:
I attended Lidderdale Infants School, Mossley Avenue, which is sadly now closed, Morrisons Primary School and Archbishop Blanch C of E High School.

My favourite teacher:
That would definitely be Mrs Rees my PE teacher at Archbishop Blanch, she gave me so much encouragement.

Favourite subject at school:
English, I have always loved the English language.

Were you streetwise or a bit of a geek?
Oh I was definitely streetwise!

My favourite childhood band/singer:
For me it was the all girl group Eternal with band members Louise, Vernie Bennett, Easther Bennett and Kéllé Bryan.

My favourite extra-curricular activity:
Athletics and netball, I have always loved sports.

My favourite book:
My favourite book has always been the BFG and it is great now that they have made it into a film.

Do you remember your first school crush?
Yes but I couldn’t possibly reveal his name in case he reads this!

School dinners:
I loved them when I was in school!

My ambitions at school:
To learn from my teachers and work hard in every subject.

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