Hafsatu Kamara Olympic Dream Story (TOCA Arrowhead Physical Therapy Technician with a B.S. in Exercise Science):
“I was born in Virginia, USA but I started track as a child in Africa when I was in Sierra Leone being raised by my grandparents. Once I was back in the United States, I was doing other sports like basketball, soccer, dance, and softball. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I was able to really get back to track and be impactful. I am motivated by the up and coming athletes in my country who are looking to represent Sierra Leone at a higher level. I am motivated by my family and friends, who have supported me in all my endeavors and continue to encourage and uplift me.
My ultimate goal is to inspire young Sierra Leone girls that they can surpass any challenge and they can be impactful as women, especially in sports. A personal goal of mine is to be the first Sierra Leonean to medal in a major competition and to rewrite my country’s athletic history with my name. My community goal is to start a foundation that will implement sports and fitness at a young age to the Sierra Leonean community.”
Hafsa is the current record holder as the fastest Sierra Leonean female 100/ 200m sprinter, clocking in at 11.78, breaking the previous 11.87 record.
In the short time since competing, she has already represented Sierra Leone in several International sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and most recently the African Championship sports.