Who were The winners of SOYA Awards 2017? Living Beyond Disabilities
SOYA Awards 2017

SOYA Awards were held at the KICC on the 17th day of January 2018 Here are the year’s winner:
Sportswoman of the year – Hellen Obiri
Sportsman of the year – Conseslus Kipruto
Women’s Sports team of the year – Kenya Lionesses (rugby)
Men’s Sports team of the year – Kenya u19 Cricket Team
Sportswoman of the year with disability – Beryl Wamira (Deaflympics)
Sportsman of the year with disability – Samuel Muchai (Paralympics)

Coach of the year – Jimmy Kamande (Cricket U19)
Player of the year (Schools category) – Faith Nyaberi
School Team of the year (boys) – Muhiri Muchiri Secondary (rugby team)
School Team of the year (girls) – Wiyeta Girls (Football)
School Coach of the year – Kikechi Kombo (Muhuri Muchiri Secondary)
Sports Federation of the year – Athletics Kenya
Schools Most Outstanding player – Emmanuel Ndonga (swimming)
Most Promising Girl – Jackline Wambui (U18 800m World Champion)
Most Promising Boy – Aman Gandhi (Cricket U19)
2017 SOYA Hall of Fame Winners – Stephen Muchoki (Boxing) & Allan Thigo (Gor Mahia)
Community Hero – Roselyne Kapondi (former Harambee Starlets goalkeeper)

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Soya awards are awarded every year to the best in sports in Kenya. This year Samuel Muchai (blind) stood in the podium at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre to receive his accolade for the Sports Personality of the Year award. He is the best sportsman in Kenya this year. He defeated all the top athletes in the Country. This is the first time a person with disability is winning the award.

Samuel Muchai, the T11 men’s 5000 2016 Paralympic Champion beat the 3,000 meters steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, 5,000 metres champion Hellen Obiri and a deaflympian champion Beryl Wamira to the prestigious ward. He runs with the help of his aid James Boit. Some of his achievement includes been the 1500m T11 world record holder even the rio Paralympic gold medal winner in the 5000 M. He won both event last year’s Rio Paralympics. He is known worldwide for the 1500 and 5000 M races in the Paralympics

Soya Awards did a good work in acknowledging people with disability and them winning the overall title.

News Reporter

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