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.
With LESS then 24 hours until the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Gamesbegin, 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 4thin 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.