Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT), Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi on March 13, 2019, flagged off a team of over 100 female athletes from the University, to the Kenya University Sport Association Women’s Championship 2019 set to kick off Friday, March 15, 2019 at Kirinyaga University.
The JKUAT team is slated to participate in an array of sports during the three-day inter-varsity women’s championship including: Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Soccer, Karate, Scrabble, Hockey, Chess, Softball and Taekwondo.
Addressing the participants, Vice Chancellor noted that the role of sports cannot be ignored as an avenue that fosters health, responsibility and discipline among the students.
The Vice Chancellor challenged the female athletes to make JKUAT a sports powerhouse in the country while following in the footsteps of the revered names in local and international scene such as Pamela Jelimo and Serena Williams who are renowned in world sports.
Prof. Ngumi urged the athletes to balance education and sports in order to improve on the power of reasoning and mental development saying.
“It important to note that sports education along with the academics, culminates in the all-round development of the students,” She said, adding that, “a sound mind resides only in a sound body.”
JKUAT’s Director Sports and Games, Dr. Waweru Kamaku, who was recently appointed to officiate the 21st Edition of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON), thanked the University management for providing support for a variety of sporting activities to thrive while challenging the students to aim for top honours in the upcoming games.
The ladies team were buoyed to perform better than last year where JKUAT emerged fourth with two gold (Karate & Taekwondo), three silvers (Badminton, Swimming & Table Tennis) and two bronze medals (Hockey & Scrabble).