He said, “My man, you’ve got something within you that I need to explore out there” and the rest is history.
At two-years-old, James Bobby Siaffa contracted Polio and lost full use of his legs. Overtime, he sat on the sidelines of most sporting events. Just watching. Fast forward to now. Siaffa is known as “Bobby the Big” and he is one of Liberia’s strongest men.
Below is an exclusive interview with, Liberia’s Power Lifter, James “Bobby the Big Siaffa.” Thanks to everyone who showed support by viewing this page and leaving comments for each athlete. Ciao, Until Next Time; Be Inspired, Be Curious, Be Blessed.
1. How did you get to the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Games? (What was the process, what steps did you have to take to become Liberia’s 1st ever Summer Paralympian?
A: My first international competition was in Dubai March 2010 I lifted 130kg/286. Then in July I was invited to the world championship in Malaysia where I lifted 175kg/385lbs. That qualified me for the Paralympics Solidarity training program. Where I attended training camp for 2 months in Cardiff, Whales.
On September 4th 2012, Liberia made its FIRST EVER Summer Paralympic appearance. James “Bobby the Big” Siaffa represented Liberia in the 2012 London Summer Paralympic 82.5 kg Power Lifting competition and placed 7th out of 14 competitors. Siaffa met his goal of placing in the Top Ten by lifting 190kg/419 lbs! This is an AMAZING debut for Liberia. Siaffa gave a remarkable performance. The competition concluded with Ireland placing First, China– Second, and Egypt– Third.
Below are some images from the competition. Once again, Congratulations Bobby for making it this far. May you have many blessings toward your continued success.
Yesterday August 29th marked the Opening of the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Games. This is also Liberia’s FIRST appearance in a Summer Paralympic Game. You can watch the Ceremony by CLICKING HERE; Liberia enters at 1:32:49. James “Bobby the Big” Siaffa served as the Flag Bearer and will be making history as Liberia’s FIRST athlete to qualify to compete in a Summer Paralympic Game. Cheer him on as he represents Dear Liberia on Tuesday September 4th. ParalympicSports TV will be airing all competitions LIVE; CLICK HERE to watch.
The Games have finally begun and some countries have already started raking in medals. Visit the OFFICIAL LONDON PARALYMPIC SITE to see which countries are leading. THREE African countries have received medals, so far (Nigeria*1 gold*, Algeria *2 bronze*, Egypt*1 bronze*)
Below are more images from the Welcoming Ceremony, ENJOY!!!
With LESS then 24 hours until the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Games begin, Liberia’s Paralympic Committee and athlete are welcomed into London’s Olympic Village. Today, Liberia and London exchanged gifts in honor of the 2012 Games. This is a BIG year for Liberia; Power Lifter, James Bobby “The Big” Siaffa, will be making HISTORY as the FIRST athlete to ever represent the country at a Paralympic Game. Siaffa entered the village with Coach Nagbe of Monrovia and Liberian Paralympic Committee Members. Bobby “The Big” is scheduled to compete on Tuesday September 4th in the Power Lifting Competition. This leaves SEVEN days until Liberia makes its debut in the Paralympics. The Opening Ceremony of this year’s game begins tomorrow August 29th; wish our representative well as he makes history for Our Dear Nation.
Feel free to revisit this page for images of the Welcoming Ceremony. Below are some photos of Bobby the Big and Committee Members.
The flames of the 2012 London Summer Olympics have been extinguished and most of the participants have returned to their origins. However; the GAMES are NOT over yet! With only 2 weeks until the 2012 PARALYMPIC flames ignite, symbolizing the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games, let’s take a moment to welcome JAMES “BOBBY the BIG” SIAFFA to the World Stage.
SIAFFA is a Liberian Powerlifter. He will be making History as the FIRST Liberian to compete in the Paralympics. The Paralympics is an international sports competition for extraordinary athletes with physical disabilities. The name “Para”lympic is used to express the game’s parallel format to the Olympics. Powerlifting is the ULTIMATE test of upper body strength, pushing athletes to lift over THREE times their bodyweight in some cases. SIAFFA’s recent lift of 170kg/374lbs, at the World Paralympics Powerlifting Championship in Malaysia, qualified him to represent Liberia in the 2012 London Games.
“Despite my disability it has always been my dream to represent Liberia on the International stage. My goals include being ranked as one of the top Paralympics power lifters in the world, and finishing among the top-10 at the 2012 Summer Paralympics Games.”
As Siaffa prepares to make his dream a reality, let’s cheer him and Liberia on. You can leave a comment for Siaffa by Clicking Here. You can view the Paralympic Games from August 29th- September 9th by Clicking Here. In the mean time the site will be updated with more info and images on Liberia’s FIRST Paralympian James “Bobby the Big” Siaffa.