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Last week I was at the Safaricom SOYA (Sports Personality of The Year) event at KICC to celebrate Kenya’s best ambassadors – our sports men and women. It felt good to be in the presence of all those stars and my patriotism was hitting the roof! The event was generally well organized except for the fact that it started almost 2 hours late. That saw me in CBD past midnight and driving around in the Nairobi nights is not something I’m keen on as yet.

All in all the message of the evening was not diluted and there were lots of happy faces in the room.

Here are the winners.

2015 AWARD WINNERS

  1. Overall Sports Personality: Julius Yego – Javelin
  2. Sportsman of the Year: Julius Yego – Javelin
  3. Sportswoman of the Year: Hyvin Kiyeng – Athletics
  4. Outstanding Performance: Nicholas Bett – Athletics
  5. Evergreen Award: Ezekiel Kemboi – Athletics
  6. Sports Team of the Year Men: Gor Mahia – Football
  7. Sports Team of the Year Women: The Malkia Strikers – Volleyball
  8. Sportswoman with a Disability: Susan Gatwiri – Athletics
  9. Sportsman with a Disability: Onesmus Mutinda – Special Olympic
  10. Most Promising Boy: Kumari Taki – Athletics

11.Most Promising Girl: Agnes Tirop – Athletics

12.Federation of the Year: Kenya Volleyball Federation – retained this award

13.Coach of the year: David Lung‟aho – Volleyball

14.Community Hero: Ednah Rotich – Volleyball

15.Comeback Award: Lawrence Buyachi – Rugby

Schools Category

  1. School Team of the Year – Boys: Laiser Hill Academy – Rugby
  2. School Team of the Year – Girls: Sinyolo Girls – Hockey
  3. School Coach of the Year: Kelvin Lugalia – St. Antony Boys – Hockey
  4. Most Outstanding Performance (Schools) – Boys: David Parisitau – Ngoleni Secodary – Athletics
  5. Most Outstanding Performance (Schools) – Girls: Judy Nkatha – Shadrack Kimalel Secondary – Tennis

Hall of Fame Inductees

  1. Violet Barasa (late) – Volleyball
  2. Brian Hawkins (late) – Shooting
  3. John Mucheru (late) – Golf

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