SIMIDELE ADEAGBO IS GROOMING NIGERIA’S NEXT GENERATION OF SKELETON ATHLETES BY EMPOWERING SECONDARY SCHOOL GIRLS
We all remember Simidele Adeagbo from the 2018 winter Olympics; the 36-year-old skeleton racer made history when she debuted as Africa’s first female athlete to compete in the sport of skeletons. Although she didn’t win the game, she confessed that participating in the Winter Olympics gave her hope for the future of this sport.
Simidele who is now bent on impacting her gained knowledge of this sport, is doing so by grooming Nigeria’s next generation of skeleton athletes; she recently collaborated with a non-profit organisation in Nigeria called Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) to organize ‘SimiSleighs Leadership and Sports Masterclass’ for secondary school girls in Lagos State.
With this initiative, she hopes to encourage sports participation among girls and also to show the girls they can dream big and chase their dreams. The training which saw 100 schoolgirls take part in it was led by Simidele who took them on demonstrations, drills and activities centred around teamwork and the skills needed to be a champion.
Speaking about this initiative, Simidele says:
The students at State Civil Service Senior Model School are the future leaders of Nigeria and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to share this unique experience with them. Sport is a powerful tool to create change and I hope that I’ve empowered the girls and cultivated future leaders in the classroom and community.
Simidele who was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada became interested in skeleton in 2016 when she heard about the Nigeria Bobsled team. So far, she has worked with Nike since 2012 as a marketing manager in South Africa and has also served as a body double for Serena Williams.