African Junior Champ, Onaara Obamuwagun signs with South Plains College
2019 National and African Junior Triple Jump champion, Onaara Obamuwagun left the shores of Nigeria last month to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a better athlete and enjoy a sound educational system.
The two-time National Junior Triple Jump champion got a full ride to study at South Plains College, following the footsteps of her teammate Ruth Usoro under Coach Adu Uruemu and Olu Sule.
We recall that Onaara made her debut apperarance at a Golden League meet in 2017 at the Kaduna meet, and these were her words speaking with gongnews.com
“I had looked up to my debut on tartan and the golden League. I am not disappointed. I did not do as good as I was doing in training under the watchful guidance of my coaches: Adu Uruemu and Olu Sule. But I am sure anxiety of a first timer and many other factors are the causes.”
She has sure over come the anxieties as the 19-year-old jump sensation has since won several medals for herself and the nation.
After a year of rigorous training, she won the 2018 National Junior Triple Jump title at the U20 National Championships held in Ozoro, Delta state. She came with a bang during the 2019 season, winning the title again and made her first debut on the National team in April, clinching the Gold medal at the African U20 Champs in Ivory Coast leaping a Personal Best of 12.78m, she built on that performance as she hopped, stepped and jumped into the pit with another PB of 13.10m at the MoC Grand Prix in June while securing the Silver medal at the Senior National Championships in July.
“After all the stress of travelling all the way from Nigeria by bus and even getting harassed at the various border points, it eagerly caused my spirit to want to beat all those I competed with. Winning the medal also made me proud of myself and I am sure that my family will equally be proud of me just as well,’’ she said after winning the Gold in Ivory Coast.”
It’s really a great profile heading out to the States where we see her recording more amazing performances and she might even eclipse the South Plains Long and Triple Jump set by Athletic Heat COO, Ruth Usoro.
“I feel happy she’s here and I believe she can do better here, live her dreams and do what she’s been yearning all these years. I believe she can achieve anything because she is a great jumper, very humble and so talented.” – Usoro speaking about her mentee, Onaara.