By Reuben Olita
Ian Ananda and Florence Ann emerged winners in the Under-15 one day roller skating tournament held outside Huduma Centre in Busia Town.
The event was organized by Compassion International which sponsors vulnerable children acrosss the county who are subsequently encouraged to pursue extra curriculum activities which they have comparative advantage.
With the standard of skating displayed by the skaters today, it has become apparent that skating will soon surpass other disciplines which have earned the county acclaim nationally and internationally.
Ananda, a form four student at St Teresa’s Sio in Bungoma County led from the start to win the event with ease despite the afternoon showers that slowed the pace of the race. He was followed in second place by Govana Ayoo who sat for KCSE exams at Butula Boys this year.
Ananda, who started playing Skate in 2018, said everything went as per plan, reaffirming that come rain or sunshine he will continue playing the game to world level. Ayoo said he met stiff competition and despite falling down twice, he was happy with the results.
Florence Ann displayed her prowess to breast the tape 300 metres ahead of Karani Harriet who returned home in second position, the victory she attribited to daily training and promised to upscale the game she started playing while in Standard Four.
” I will pursue nursing as my carreer but at the same time play skating and do charity work at Kenya Red Cross Society,” she said, while Harriet promised to pursue skating as her hobby.
In the ladies 400m race 6-7 years age category, Shantel Tasi took first position with Shita Matinez settling for second position. John Ndimwangwa won the boys race, followed by Joshus Bora.
Other results: 8-9 years girls 800m: Seline Bwire and Britin Hawi. Boys:-/Shadrack Okware and Joshua Bora.
10-11 years: girls: Gentrix Auma and Victory Nekesa. Boys:- Emmanuel Favour and Ephraim Clement.
12-13 years: girls: Stephanie Margaret and Irene Bibo. Boys: Ryan Joseph and Kelvin Odhiambo.
Roller skating which has picked up in the county entails traveling on surfaces with roller skates. It is a recreational activity, a sport, and a form of transportation.
Roller rinks and skate parks are built for roller skating, though it also takes place on streets, sidewalks, and bike paths.
Rev Zacharia Munyiri who is in charge of Compassion International Busia Chapter the event attracted 300 skaters, noting that there are
16 churches across the county supporting the program with about 700 youths playing skating while others are featuring in other disciplines.
” Give us 3-5 years from now and Busia will become the county of skating and no county will beat, us in skating,” he said.
The event was also co-sponsored by Equity Bank and Coca Cola Company. Ezra Kadima said Equity Bank will continue nurturing talents that abound in the county, urging the youths who sat for 2021 KCPE to pick Elimu scholarship and Wings to Fly forms from the bank next week.