Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) won the highest number of medals among all Kenyan universities during the 11th edition of the Kenya Universities Sports Federation Women championships at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, held from March 4 – 6, 2022.
JKUAT gave a good account of itself during the competitions by securing another twelve (12) medals in the contest, adding to a further 16 trophies which the university had posited to its trophy cabinets during last year’s competitions. Out of the 12 medals, eight (8) were gold and four (4) were silver.
The University of Nairobi were second with eight (8) medals, with four other universities finishing the medal table positions with 3 medals each.
JKUAT won gold in Hockey, Volleyball, Badminton, Handball, Karate, Taekwondo, Chess and Scrabble. They also won silver medal in Tennis, Netball, Basketball and Swimming.
Mercy Cheptoo (Hockey), Seneti Kateyi (Volleyball), Annette Barasa (Handball), Maryline Mumbi (Karate), Glender Wamonje (Taekwondo), Triza Mwendwa (Chess) and Faith Kabia (Scrabble) all from JKUAT were recognized as the most outstanding sports women in their respective sports.
Esther Gathoni, one of the sports women representing JKUAT in Handball, said the win was more satisfactory after weeks of tough training session in preparedness for the tournament.
Ms. Gathoni said, the tournament was good exposure for the team, adding that the team’s ultimate goal is to win the all African games which are set to kick-off in May this year.
“Dominating the national competitions is a good exposure for all of us and we have challenged ourselves not to go below that level. At the moment we have set our sights on the all African games which is the biggest stage of our competitions and we want to also win,” said Ms. Gathoni.
The Basketball Assistant Coach, Ms. Mary Chepkoi, was elated with the University’s performance during the competitions.
Ms. Chepkoi said she expects a clean sweep of the gold medals in the next competitions especially after witnessing some teams which claimed the bronze medal, came short in the finals.