Nairobi Waters handball player Brenda Ariviza has been belatedly named the SJAK Player of the month for December 2021.
The award for the handballer follows her stellar performance at last year’s regional club championships held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she helped her side Nairobi Water Queens to defend the continental women’s title.
Ariviza was rewarded a personalized trophy and an SolarDOM oven retailing at Kshs 65,000 by Marketing Director LG East Africa Changhyun Kim on Thursday morning at the handball court in Nyayo National Stadium.
“I am so happy to win this award; I did not expect it. This is the first time I am appreciated at home and this will motivate me as the season starts. I thank my coach and teammates for the hard work and support. Our goal is to win more titles for our country, this year we will work hard to defend the title,” Ariviza said.
She added, “The Sports Journalists are doing a great job in rewarding the athletes, they cover us, and we really appreciate their good work in publisizing our events.”
Ariviza was instrumental in the Jack Ochieng-coached side’s unbeaten run as they went on to clinch their seventh regional title, unbeaten.
To win the coveted monthly award, Ariviza beat among others, swimmer Victoria Okumu who won three freestyle events at the CANA Zone 3 Championships in Uganda and was the top Kenyan performer at the event.
Also, in close contest was Olympian Lawrence Cherono, who in the month of December won the Valencia Marathon in 2 hours 5 minutes 12 seconds, Mercy Ingando who won the Under-18 Africa Schools Chess Championship after winning 9 of 9 games, Veronica Adhiambo who together with Naomi Too won the Wote leg of the Beach Volleyball Circuit after defeating the top seeds Brackcides Agala and Gaudencia Makokha.
Another nominee was Nancy Jelagat who clocked a personal best of 2 hours 19 minutes 31 seconds to win the women’s race at the Valencia Marathon. Her time, 17 minutes better than her previous best performance also received nominations for the coveted award.
Others in contention included Rally driver Baldev Chager who won the season closing Guru Nanak Rally as well as National Cereals and Produce Board’s (NCPB) Victor Otuoma for his best goalkeeper award at the ECAHF.
On his part SJAK President Chris Mbaisi thanked LG Electronics for their support saying the partnership continues to make a huge difference in the promotion of sporting activities across the country.
He further urged athletes to keep working on their craft as someone is always watching and their hard work would eventually bear fruits.