Special Olympics Kenya seeks support for Floor Hockey team

Jan 15, 2013

Special Olympics Kenya, SOK, has called for support from well wishers in aid of the floor hockey team that is preparing to take part in the forthcoming World Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea from January 28 to February 6.

SOK national director John Makathimo said the team is short of their budget of Ksh. 3 millin shillings and is banking on Kenyans to support the team's participation at the global event.

Makathimo who visited the team at the Nyayo National stadium Tuesday, explained the team’s residential training will cost Sh. 640, 000 while return air tickets for each member of the travelling party will range at Sh. 143, 580.

 He noted that SOK is wholly dependent on generous donations to prepare and take athletes with intellectual disabilities for international competitions .

The team has been in residential training since Friday and all the sixteen players were selected during the national trials that were conducted in July.

James Okwiri is the head coach assisted by Hussein Msafiri while most of the players are well experienced having represented the country at past international sporting events.

Kagondi Kariuki was part of the swimming team to the World Aquatic Competition in Puerto Rico in September last year where he won a silver in freestyle and bronze in breaststroke categories respectively.

Patrick Mugure toured Greece in 2007 with the handball team while John Mwaka and Howard Masha went to South Africa in October last year for the Africa Unity Cup.

Captain hopeful of good show

Masha, the team captain, said players are responding well to training at the Nyaand exuded confidence that they will perform better considering this is the first time that Kenya is participating at the games.

“We hope to finish among the top three teams and we will depend a lot on the experience in the team.” Floor hockey is a new game in Kenya and is similar to ice hockey but differs on the type of surface it is played on and duration of play.

The players are drawn from four clubs which are University of Nairobi, Mathare, Baba Dogo and Kisauni Special Olympics Clubs’.

Full Team-Howard Masha, Kevin Omondi, Alex Bala, Lennox Lewis Juma, Riziki Mbalak, Kimanthi Mbatha, Edwin Kagoni, John Olwaka, Pascal Mwamuye, Muthui Kala, Daniel Wanjala, Patrick Mugure, Kagondu Kariuki, Julius Gaya, Peter Muriithi, Joshua Agare. Management- James Okwiri, Hussein Msafiri, Dennis Wambua, Susan Masila.

 

Francis Marangu

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