We’ve all heard the old adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” As an adult, it can be hard to find balance in a life that demands both work and rest. To bring this balance, the Sports and Games Department hosted the inaugural JKUAT Inter-departmental Staff Sports Day, October 11, 2019.
Apart from keeping the staff members physically fit and mentally healthy, the one day event strived at creating a bonding platform for members of staff to enhance open communication between employees, improve productivity as well as boost morale.
Vice Chancellor, Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi, while thanking the Sports and Games Department for hosting the event, said the event was noble and needed to be encouraged. She pledged to support the event which is scheduled to be hosted twice a year.
“I am confident that the event will play an important role in keeping staff physically fit and mentally healthy, thus helping the institution and individuals curb lifestyle diseases if internalized as part of our daily routine,” said Prof. Ngumi in a speech read by Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Administration, Prof. Bernard Ikua.
She further encourage staff to actively participate in the event to forge better synergies as captured in the JKUAT’s core values and philosophy.
JKUAT endeavours to attract, develop, motivate and retain a multi-skilled workforce while nurturing a consultative working environment, and according to the Vice Chancellor, the Interdepartmental Sports Day remains one of the ways of achieving this objective.
The activities for the events were: soccer 7aside, sack race, egg on spoon race, 100 metres race for 50 year olds and above, 4 by 4 relays, swimming and tug-of-war.
Catering Department emerged winners in the vigorously contested Tug-of-War beating Sports and Games and Transport Departments who emerged 2nd and 3rd respectively. Soccer was the other hotly contested event where Estate Department hammered Finance Department 2-0 in the finals.
Maurice Otunga from Estates Department emerged winner in the 100 metres for 50 year olds followed by William Kiptoo from Registry Department. The sports day was also graced by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua among other heads of departments.
Josphat Balozi from the Sports and Games Department and Stephanie Kang’ethe from School of Bio-system and Environmental Engineering (SOBEE) were acknowledged as the JKUAT Strongest Man and Woman respectively after they flipped a 240kg tractor tire fourteen times.
The Sports and Games Director, Dr. Kamaku Waweru thanked all the staff for their enthusiasm and passion towards the event and assured them that the department was committed in making it a bi-annual event in the University calendar.