Shikangwa, Macharia nominated for SOYA

Shikangwa, Macharia nominated for SOYA

The 2019 Edition of the SOYA Awards will be held on January 24th in Mombasa County

Vivian Cheruiyot in a past SOYA Award held in Nairobi

Harambee Starlets teenager Gentrix Shikangwa and young golfer Belinda Wanjiru Macharia are the latest nominees for the 2019 Safaricom Sports Personality Of Year Awards (SOYA).

The two have been nominated in the most promising athletes of the year category after stellar performances in their respective fields.

The nine-year-old golfer  who ventured into golf at the age of four first hit the headlines in January when she represented her school in the Banda Trophy nine-hole event at Karen Country Club where she reigned supreme in a score of 20 stable Ford points.

Later on , in February 16, she emerged the nett winner at the Sigona Ladies Open and was also adjudged the gross winner thus scooping the bronze medal.

Then on July 24, she finished second at the NPA nine-hole event on 35 gross before representing the country in the World Championships in Pinehurst, USA, where she tied in position 41 out of 114 established participants.

Shikangwa on her side had a dream season with Harambee Starlets where she scored 10 goals that ensured Kenya lifted their maiden CECAFA Senior women crown , dethroning their hosts Tanzania in the finals. She  also emerged as the top scorer at the competition.

Also nominated for this category is University of Nairobi's Dynamites player Faith Atieno and Africa under 20 women 400m champion Mary Moraa.

Atieno was instrumental in steering Dynomites to a top three finish in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) premier league where she averaged 15 points per game and set a record of netting seven three-pointers in a single first half.

Moraa on the other hand won the Kenyan trials on her way to clinching African under 20 400m title in a time of 53.57 in Cote D' Ivore in April. She also won gold in the race at the Africa Games in Morocco.

The SOYA Awards ceremony is set for January 24th and will be held in Mombasa for the second year in a row.

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