Africa’s 100 metres record holder Olusoji Fasuba has qualified as a recruit to join the British Royal Navy as a logistics specialist.
Fasuba joined the Navy in May 2011 but had to take a 10-week initial naval training course and another 12-week professional course before getting his first posting within the logistics department at HM Naval Base Devonport.
The Athens Olympics 4×100 metres bronze medallist toldThisIsPlymouth that he joined the navy because he wanted a more settled life for himself, his wife Ngozi and their seven-month daughter, Annabelle.
Fasuba said, “I’ve had a very good career in athletics and been there with the big boys, but I was looking to the future and wanted to settle. My father used to work for the Nigerian Navy, so from a young age it was all about the Navy. Some of my friends are serving in the British Army and tried to persuade me to join, but for me it had to be the Royal Navy. Training has been my way of life for a long time. Growing up in Nigeria discipline is very strict, so that aspect of being in the Navy wasn’t really a shock to me. It was tough mentally sometimes and I did question myself about what I was doing, but ultimately I wanted to do it for myself and my family.”