Lawrence Tom Iquaibom is one of Nigeria’s most successful sportsmen. He is, infact, a Weightlifting legend, having won Gold Medals for Nigeria in international competitions, coached the National Team and is one of few Nigerian Category One Referees licenced by the International Weightlifting Federation (ITF).
Iquaibom represented Nigeria at both the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, registering performances that got him on the world chart of the sports. At the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, he won Gold Medals for Nigeria in the 130kg Snatch, 160kg Clean and Jerk and 290kg Overall. Before then, he had won 3 Gold Medals for Nigeria at the 1987 All Africa Games in Nairobi, Kenya. He won his first Medal as an eighteen year old at the National Sports Festival in Benin(1981).
The Mkpat Enin born alumnus of Odoro Secondary School, Essien Udim attended the National Institute of Sport, Lagos where he bagged a Grade 111 and 11 Coaching Certificate in 1986 and 1989 respectively, the Hungarian Institute of Sports, Budapest for a Diploma in Weightlifting Coaching in 1993, the University of Uyo for a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and the University of Calabar for a Masters of Education degree in Sports Management.
He started out as a Coach in 1986 but today, has risen in the service of the Akwa Ibom State Sports Council to a Director of Sports.
As Coach, he has led the state contingent to successful participation in national and international competitions. The Nigeria Weightlifting Federation appointed him a National Coach based on this track record and he has also led the national team to successes in international competitions.
Iquaibom is a Member of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation where he served as Member of the Technical Committee from 2005 to 2008 and Vice Chairman of the National Association of Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance, NAPHER-SD, Akwa Ibom State chapter.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates a Sports Legend