Nyamira and Kwanthanze Lead Race for Soya School of the Year Award

As the anticipation builds for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) slated for March 1 in Nairobi, two schools stand out as frontrunners in the school category: Nyamira Girls from Siaya and Kwanthanze from Machakos. These schools, renowned for their exceptional sporting prowess, have been nominated alongside eight other institutions for this prestigious accolade.

The Contenders

  1. Nyamira Girls: Champions in hockey, Nyamira Girls have showcased their dominance in the sporting arena, clinching the East Africa title. Their nomination underscores their remarkable achievements and contribution to school sports.
  2. Kwanthanze: Renowned for their volleyball prowess, Kwanthanze had a stellar season, despite facing setbacks. Their resilience and determination led them to numerous victories, including regional and continental triumphs. Individual accolades further highlight their exceptional performance.

A Star-Studded Lineup

Joining Nyamira and Kwanthanze in the race for the Soya School of the Year Award are:

  • Kesogon Girls: National volleyball champions
  • Butere Girls: Victors in basketball and football
  • St Joseph’s Kitale: Handball champions
  • Ototo Mixed: Basketball 3×3 champions
  • Oyugi Ogango: Netball winners
  • Wiyeta, Madira Girls, and St Maurice Mwira Girls: Former champions with illustrious sporting histories.

Tales of Triumph

  • Butere Girls: Celebrated for their football prowess, Butere Girls made a triumphant return to the national stage, clinching the title after a nine-year absence. In basketball, they secured a maiden national title, defeating defending champions with a commanding performance.
  • Kwanthanze: Despite setbacks, Kwanthanze’s volleyball team displayed resilience, securing regional wins and reclaiming their title. Individual achievements, including MVP awards, underscore their excellence.
  • St Joseph’s Kitale: Emerging as handball champions, St Joseph’s Kitale showcased their skill and determination, clinching victory in a closely contested final.

Embracing Diversity and Making History

  • Butere Girls: Noteworthy for their embrace of diversity, Butere Girls fielded three teams in Rwanda, showcasing their commitment to global engagement in sports.
  • Ototo Mixed Secondary School: Making history, Ototo Mixed clinched the first-ever national title in basketball 3×3, securing their place in Rwanda and finishing third in the competition.


As the Soya awards draw near, the spotlight shines on Nyamira Girls and Kwanthanze, along with their fellow contenders, for their outstanding contributions to school sports. Their achievements not only reflect excellence in athletics but also inspire a new generation of athletes. In celebrating these schools, we honor the dedication, perseverance, and passion that define the spirit of sportsmanship and competition.


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