Promising basketball player Medina Okot is among those nominated for the SOYA 2022 Most Promising Girl Award, the organizers announced.
She will battle budding athletes Faith Cherotich, Betty Chelang’at and Jackeline Chepkoech.
Boxer Jane Wangare and weightlifter Rachel Achieng will also spice up the category.
The 19th edition award will be held on January 20, 2023, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and has attracted the Communications Authority, Lotto Foundation, Kenya Pipeline, NSSF and Safaricom as its key sponsors.
Okot was among the top 60 African players that attended the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) camp in Cairo Egypt early in the year.
She was an integral part of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) team that clinched the national title and also part of Kenya’s 3×3 team at the Commonwealth Games and was a vital part of the Under-23 side that qualified for the 3 by 3 World Championships in Romania for the first time.
She was named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Africa Qualifiers as well as the international camp in Egypt.
The lanky Okot was a joint top point hitter in Kenya’s resounding 21-8 opening victory against Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Games.
Boxer Jane Wangare who is already causing ripples at 17 years is another nominee.
She was named deputy captain for Team Kenya at the World Youth Boxing Championships in Alicante, Spain.
Wangare won both the national novices and intermediate in minimum weight and is touted as Kenyan Olympian Christine Ongare’s successor.
In athletics, Betty Chelang’at is a rising star who has deservedly inked her name in the nominations.
The 18-year-old won Kenya’s first gold at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali by claiming victory in the women’s 3000m in 9:01.03. Chelang’at also won the trials in Nairobi in 8:51.33.
Faith Cherotich is also gunning for the coveted title after putting on a gallant display in global meetings.
Cherotich put on a dominant display to win the World U20 3000m steeplechase in Cali.
She would then upgrade the silver she had won in Nairobi last year with a stunning display of front running as she led from start to finish to claim victory in 9:16.14.
She followed it by placing fourth at the Brussels Diamond League Meet in 9:09.63 before setting a new personal best time of 9:06.14 in Zurich.
In weightlifting, Rachael Achieng is the player to watch in the nominations.
The 17-year-old has been voted as the most improved having been declared the national champion in women’s 64 kg class.
Achieng was the only female representative at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where she was ranked 11th after lifting a total of 155 kgs with 70kgs in snatch and 85kgs in clean and jerk.
Back to athletics, Jackline Chepkoech, 18, rewrote history books as the youngest athlete to win women’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games. She is also a nominee in the SOYA awards.
Chepkoech led at the bell in 8:01.01 before cruising to victory, beating Briton Elizabeth Bird and Uganda’s Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai to second and third places at the summer games.
MOST PROMISING GIRL NOMINEES:
Medina Okot (Basketball)
Faith Cherotich (Athletics)
Betty Chelangat (Athletics)
Jane Wangare (Boxing)
Rachel Achieng (Weightlifting)
Jackline Chepkoech (Athletics)