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Tennis sensational Okutoyi shortlisted for Sportswoman award as SOYA return to Nairobi



NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – Kenya’s Tennis sensational Angela Okutoyi headlines a galaxy of stars nominees shortlisted for the Sportswoman of the year award ahead of the 2022 Sports Personality of the Year gala Awards (SOYA) scheduled to be hosted January 20, 2023 at the Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

The gala returns to Nairobi after being held in Kakamega, Naivasha and Mombasa in the last four editions.

This time, SOYA Awards has 11 categories including a return of the schools’ categories, which missedbduring last gala, since there were no school games due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Faith Kipyegon after winning Gold in Oregon. PHOTO/Courtesy

Okutoyi, who wrote history as the first Kenyan to win a Wimbledon title will battle it out with athletics world champion Faith Kipyegon, Commonwealth Games Champions Mary Moraa and Beatrice Chebet, Boston marathon winner Peres Jepchirchir, volleyball star Sharon Chepchumba, golfer Naomi Wafula, Basketball trio of Felmas Koranga, Natalie and Melisa Akinyi as well as the Kenya rugby Lionesses try try poacher Janet ‘Shebesh’ okello.

The 2022 SOYA awards which is sponsored by Communications Authority, NSSF, Safaricom, Lotto Foundation and Kenya Pipeline promises to be a tough fight for the top prize going by the list of nominees that have been shortlisted for the Sportswoman of the year category.

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Angela Okutoyi with her Polish partner Malwina Rowinska after winning the doubles. PHOTO/Courtesy

Okutoyi had an outstanding 2022 outing winning the Grand Slam following her girls’ double victory at Wimbledon tournament alongside Dutch partner Rose Marie Nijkamp.

She also won the doubles in the J1 Repentin competition alongside Polish partner Malwina Rowinska in Canada after gallantly rallying from behind where they trailed 3-6 in the first set against fourth seeds German Ella Seidel and Belgian Amelia Waligora.

Okutoyi also reached the second round at US Open singles after edging out Germany’s Carolina Kuhl by straight sets in the first round, before losing by two sets to one to eighth seed Taylah Preston in the second round among other achievements this year.

Her last competition saw her take runners-up prize at the W15 Nairobi Tour after going down 6-3, 6-2 to top seed Emily Seibold of Germany, but the Kenyan won the doubles title alongside her Indian partner Bhasin Smriti.

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Nominees for the Sportswoman award

Felmas Koranga – Basketball

Natalie Akinyi – Basketball

Melissa Akinyi – Basketball

Faith Kipyegon – Athletics

Beatrice Chebet – Athletics

Mary Moraa – Athletics

Angela Okutoyi – Tennis

Janet ‘Shebesh’ Okello – Rugby

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Naomi Wafula – Golf

Maxine Wahome – Motorsports

Peres Jepchirchir – Athletics

Sharon Chepchumba – Volleyball

Ruth Chepngetich – Athletics

Jackline Chepkoech – Athletics

Corazon Aquino – Football

Elizabeth Andiego – Boxing

Hildah Indasi – Basketball

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Brenda Arivisa – Handball

Sophia Ayieta – Wrestling

Christine Ongare – Boxing

Gladys Chilo – Handball

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