Asiya Mohammed by Luis Tato
Twenty-nine-year-old Asiya Mohammed is a para rower who became the first Kenyan woman ever to attend the Olympics after earning a ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Initially a para tennis player at international level, Asiya Mohammed has overcome many challenges as a physically disabled woman and orphan in Kenya, and has struggled to get funding and support. She has been living and training with her team in a hotel complex in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, focusing on intense preparation for the Paralympic Games after qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 – only two years after developing interest in the sport of rowing. She dreamed of attending an Olympics Game, and opened the way for many other women in her country.