Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong is a Ghanaian sprinter and an Olympian who lives in the United States & Canada. She competed in the 100 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and was the flag bearer for the Ghanaian team at the opening ceremony. Flings also has some impressive records under her belt most notably in tying the Ghana 60m Indoor record with a time of 7.18 seconds and breaking the 200m Indoor record with a time of 23.34 seconds. Flings has an impressive medal haul from both the African Championships and Games over her career Including 3 silvers and 2 Bronze medals as part of the 4 x 100m relay teams.
Flings told us a little bit about her upbringing which wasn’t easy in many respects. She said, “Growing up, my parents left Ghana to try to provide a better life for us and left us in the care of my Aunts. I had an amazing childhood with lots of cousins around and a loving family. My older sister and I joined my parents in Canada when I was 9 and the transition to a new country and having to speak English, which I knew but was not my first language was tough for me.”
When we asked Flings how she got started in Athletics and if she’d faced any challenges she told us “When I started I wasn’t the best and so far off where other athletes around my age were. I quit track a couple of times before I took it seriously because it was simply too hard and I didn’t believe in myself. It wasn’t until my some of my teammates in another sport encouraged me to go train with a track club called the Flying Angels and I met my first coach Earl Letford, that I finally begun to build a base and believe that I could achieve whatever I set my mind to. My career in athletics has been up and down, although I’ve achieved some of my dreams, I haven’t performed at the level that I know that I can.
Importantly she then went on to explain how her faith in God had always played a part in her life and had helped her saying, “Having a close relationship with God has helped me be a more positive person. In life and in sport we go through a lot of disappointment and sometimes, it feels like the easy thing to do is to just wallow in sadness or just give up all together. God has always picked me up no matter how low I got, He is always there to remind me that He loves me. For me knowing that God’s love is unfailing and never ending gives me strength to go for my dreams, even when I fall short I know He is proud of me because I am using the gift He has blessed me with.
At the end of our little introduction to Flings I asked her if she had a special message for you guys which she did saying. “I hope you will always remember that God makes all things perfect in His time. That you should always chase your dreams no matter how big and hard it seems.”
Flings is currently in Australia for her second Commonwealth games appearance and her goal without any shadow of a doubt is to be a medalist there. We’ll definitely be looking out for her and willing her on and know you guys will be too. We’re looking forward to hopefully hearing a little bit more from her in the future but for now would just like to say a big thank you to Flings.