Aisha a graduate student studying for her Masters degree at the University of Virginia who recently came onboard with Sierra Leone athletics in a new national trend of athletes born to Sierra Leonean parents in the Diaspora committing to compete for Sierra Leone once competed for Great Britain. Born and raised in England to a Sierra Leonean mother Aisha decided a few months ago like many of her US counterparts to wear the Sierra Leone colors at the International level, making Sierra Leone one of the more potent forces in the future in Athletics.
Aisha joins the like of Hafsa Kamara of Arizona, Maggie Barrie of The Ohio State University, Ngozi Musa of Harvard University, Ishmael Kamara of Clemson University, Mohamed Cisse of Duquesne University and Darrell Gooding of Farleigh Dickinson University who all came onboard recently to compete for Sierra Leone and that number continues to grow by the day as other young prospects hear of the new wave of commitment by these standout athletes.
What does not match their enthusiasm though is the level of support by the Sierra Leonean community in the Diaspora in rendering donations to create a fund to support these athletes in an effort that was launched recently on the Team Salone Website www.teamsalone.com.
It is imperative that Sierra Leoneans around the world see the need to create an environment of support around these young talents that could go a long way in helping them achieve their goals and dreams and in the process uplift the name of the country up.