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Sports and Club Awards: Leos and Strathmore Business Club are the best of 2013

With Michael Wanjala (national 7s team player) bagging the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for rugby,  Allan Iningu ( the national team’s hockey midfielder) taking the hockey MVP, Gloria Sigowo the national women’s number 2 table tennis player bagging the MVP in her sport while Meshack Senge the national hockey coach for the junior team going home with the coach of the year, one would have been forgiven to think he was at a national sports gala awards.  No, that was the award list at Strathmore’s  9th sports and clubs gala ceremony. The university held its gala on 14th February at their auditorium. The event honours the best in sports and clubs at the university in the previous year.


This year’s chief guest was Nation Media’s managing editor Mr. Elias Makori.  Speaking at the event he lauded the efforts the university has made in changing the face of sports in Kenya and also showing that top level sports is compatible with university studies as the case is in the developed world.


In the auditorium was the university’s women’s hockey team that has recently returned from Africa Club championships in Uganda where they won silver medal. The team also boasts of the continents top scorer at the Africa club championships Yvonne Karanja who won the rookie of the year award at the gala.  The university’s rugby team coached by Mitch Ocholla a former Kenya 7s player and coach won the team of the year award. The team was 2nd in last season’s Kenya Cup. The Leos also had three players ( Ken Andola, Cyprian Kuto and Charles Omondi) in the 2013 CAR trophy winning team in Madagascar and currently has Michael Wanjala, Billy Odhiambo and Tony Owuor in the national 7s team participating in the IRB sevens series.


In the students’ clubs category, the Strathmore Business Club won the prestigious club of the year award peeping the Drama Society and AIESEC who got 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Enactus Club with their Bicycle –for-Hire project won the most enterprising club of 2013 while the model United Nations Club won the best ambassadors of the university award.


Speaking in his introductory remarks the Dean of Students Mr. Paul Ochieng said the good sports performances in 2013 made the judging panel’s work very hard; all team sports finished second in their leagues and all teams too had both their coaches and at least three players in their respective national teams. He also appreciated the good work other support departments like mentoring and teaching & learning had done to ensure that the top performing sports students were also top in their classes.


Below is the full list of winners:


Most Valuable Player  Rugby Men Michael Wanjala
Most Valuable Player Soccer Men Isaaya Oloo
Most Valuable Player  Basketball Men Shilton Ochieng
Most Valuable Player Basketball Women Melissa Akinyi
Most Valuable Player Hockey Men Allan Iningu
Most Valuable Player Hockey Women Laura Gichau
Most Valuable Player Karate Men Oscar Kiragu
Most Valuable Player Table tennis Men Kennedy chepkor
Most Valuable Player Table tennis Women Gloria Sigowo
Most Valuable Player Volleyball Men Fredrick Muiruri
Most Valuable Player Volleyball Women Terry Kiptanui
Most Valuable Player Handball Men Sheldon Saiyalel
Most Valuable Player Tennis Kevin Muhia
Most Valuable Player Swimming Men George Kabungo
Most Valuable Player Scrabble Powell Cheruiyot
Rookie of the year Rugby Men Billy Odhiambo
Rookie of the year Soccer Men William Kadima Okello
Rookie of the year Basketball Men Samuel Mogoko
Rookie of the year Basketball Women Mollete Achieng
Rookie of the year Hockey Men Constant wakhura
Rookie of the year Hockey Women Yvonne Karanja
Rookie of the year Karate Men Bernard Ojiambo
Rookie of the year Table tennis Men Joseph Waithera
Rookie of the year Volleyball Men Bernard Juma
Rookie of the year Volleyball Women Viola Njeri
Rookie of the year Handball Men Boris Kisongochi
Rookie of the year Tennis Women Ivy Mugo
Rookie of the year Tennis men Samuel Muchiri 
Rookie of the year Swimming Christine Wairagu
Rookie of the year Scrabble Donald miano
Most Promising Player Rugby Men Tony Owuor
Most Promising Player Soccer Men Bill Oporia
Most Promising Player Basketball Men Luide kakembo
Most Promising Player Basketball Women Pauline Okech
Most Promising Player Hockey Men Simon Odhiambo
Most Promising Player Hockey Women Truphy Oriwa
Most Promising Player Karate Men Martin karungi
Most Promising Player Table tennis Men Justo Obwa
Most Promising Player Table tennis Women Everlyn Nyanjoka
Most Promising Player Volleyball Men Dennis Barasa
Most Promising Player Volleyball Women Wanda Wayaya
Most Promising Player Handball Men Boris Kisongochi
Most Promising Player Tennis Women Sheila Kibanyu 
Most Promising Player Tennis men  Stephen Mugunda
Most Promising Player Swimming Gichuru Wachira
Most Promising Player Scrabble Kelvin Owen
Coach’s Award Rugby Men Adrian Opondo
Coach’s Award Soccer Men Samuel Mwangi
Coach’s Award Basketball Men Clifftone Alela
Coach’s Award Basketball Women Denise apondi
Coach’s Award Hockey Men Emmanuel Simiyu
Coach’s Award Hockey Women Eva Nkatha
Coach’s Award Volleyball Men  
Coach’s Award Volleyball Women Wendy Awuor
Coach’s Award Handball Men  
Captain’s Award Rugby Men Brian Okwuomi
Captain’s Award Soccer Men Isaaya Oloo
Captain’s Award Basketball Men Geroge Okoth
Captain’s Award Basketball Women Patricia Tanya Ogwel
Captain’s Award Hockey Men Seth Oburu
Captain’s Award Hockey Women Lucy Mbugua
Captain’s Award Karate Men Martin karungi
Captain’s Award Table tennis Men Ken Chepkor
Captain’s Award Table tennis Women Gloria Sigowo
Captain’s Award Volleyball Men Phillip Ndungu
Captain’s Award Volleyball Women Rebecca Wasilwa
Captain’s Award Handball Men David Gathuku
Captain’s Award Tennis Women Esther Saya 
Captain’s Award Tennis men Cornellius Kipsoi
Captain’s Award Swimming Gichuru Wachira
Captain’s Award Scrabble Daniel Machanje
Coach of the Season 2013   Meshack Senge ( Hockey Women’s coach)
Most Promising Team in 2013   Women’s hockey team ( Scorpions)
CLUB OF THE YEAR Strathmore Business Club SBC
Team of Year  2013   Rugby ( Leos)
Best Ambassadors of the University KMUN  
Most Rewarding Club Japanese  
Club of the Year SBC  
Best Club Social Responsibility (CSR) Dramsoc  
Most Promising New Club Debate  
Best Club ‘s Annual Report 2013 AIESEC  
Best Organized Event 2013 SBC- Enterpreneurship Forum 2013  
Best Poster of the Year 2013 AIESEC  
Most Enterprising Club Enactus