Lewis Atieno had excessive hopes of constructing it large with soccer. She dreamt of being an expert soccer participant with some high membership in Europe.
However that dream got here crashing when Fifa suspended Kenya from all football-related actions citing authorities interference
This was additional compounded when her former Soccer Kenya Federation (FKF) Girls Division One aspect, Malindi Motion FC, misplaced their coaching floor.
The workforce, which is now competing within the FKF Coast Regional Girls League, was pressured to safe a brand new coaching floor which was far-off from the place Atieno resides.
As a result of lack of allowances because the membership is self-sponsored, Atieno couldn’t make it for coaching and the quite a few league video games her membership took half in.
The need to maintain her athletic determine intact noticed Atieno embark on varied methods to enhance on her health and stamina. It was throughout this journey that she met a Judo coach, Sensei James Mashobo of Malindi Judo Membership. Mashobo launched her to the game and from then on, she’s by no means regarded again since her first coaching session in March.
“I instantly fell in love with the game. The truth that Malindi Judo Membership was only a stone throw away from our hand-crafted it simpler for me. I had no excuses for to not attend coaching classes,” Atieno informed Normal Sports activities. After stepping up her workouts, Atieno earned her first name as much as the nationwide workforce the place she represented the nation on the African Junior
Judo Championships that ended yesterday in Kasarani, Nairobi.
The 18-year-old Kind Three scholar at Ngala Memorial Ladies Secondary didn’t disappoint on the weekend when she stepped on the mat on the Kasarani Indoor Area for her first aggressive duel.
She gained her preliminaries matches within the hotly contested ladies’s U-78kg earlier than assembly Daina Carinnna Kemadjou from Cameroon within the semis.
She destroyed Kemadjou with an ippon that helped her sail to the ultimate the place she misplaced to Yacine Djiba of Senegal.
“I’m completely satisfied to have gained a silver medal in my first aggressive judo contest, particularly on the continental stage. This could solely imply that the longer term is shiny. I gained’t surrender. I’ll proceed to press on. I might be constant in my coaching classes,” Atieno stated.
Forward of the African showpiece, Atieno couldn’t relent as she educated each morning.
“I attended gymnasium classes, did street runs and perfected judo abilities,” she stated.
A number of the advantages Atieno says she has reaped from the fight sport are complete self-discipline, endurance and consistency.