The anticipation is at an all-time high as 38 exceptional athletes from Team Kenya have officially reported to the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. These talented athletes, representing 7 sports, are eagerly preparing for the 7th edition of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Commonwealth Games, a much-awaited event slated to take place from the 4th to the 11th August.
Team Kenya boasts an impressive lineup, showcasing their prowess in the following sporting disciplines: Athletics (400m men and women, 800m men and women, 4x400m mixed relay, women’s javelin throw, 1500m men and women, 3000m men, and women), Cycling (Road Race), Para Athletics, Women’s Rugby 7s, Swimming (100m Men Freestyle and 50m Freestyle), Triathlon (men and women), and Beach Volleyball (women).
During the camp’s opening day, former 800m World Champion, Janeth Jepkosgei, who is also the General Team Manager (GTM), addressed the enthusiastic athletes and coach. Jepkosgei, the 800m gold medalist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, exuded passion and commitment to the success of Team Kenya.
In her role as GTM and as an ambassador for education and sports, Jepkosgei emphasized the paramount importance of thorough preparations before embarking on their journey. She stated, “Together with the coaches, I’m looking forward to having active and intense preparation for the athletes. These are our future champions, and we owe it to them to give our absolute best.”
Beyond her remarkable track achievements, Jepkosgei fits the role perfectly. She has set up the Kapchemoiywo Camp known as Shoes4Africa, dedicated to nurturing young talents in the county named the Source of Champions. Speaking about her passion for children in school and sports, she emphasized the importance of teaching them about clean sports, transitions, and the value of education.
In the previous edition of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Commonwealth Games held in the Bahamas, Team Kenya made a resounding impact, securing four medals; Gold medals in the 1500m by John Mwangi, Gold in the 3000m by Edwin Kiplagat, and Gold in the 3000m women’s event by Emmaculate Chepkirui, who also achieved a Silver in the 1500m.
Leading the charge as the team’s Chef de Mission is Executive member, Winnie Kamau.
Team Kenya is poised to make a significant mark on the global stage, showcasing their extraordinary talents and unwavering determination with 16 days to departure.