MUST students in Team Kenya at the 3rd Beach Woodball World Cup
Kenyan sports continue to make waves on the global stage, and this time, it is the thrilling sport of woodball that takes the spotlight. The ongoing 3rd Beach Woodball World Cup in Malaysia, 27th to 31st July 2023, has seen five talented students from Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) proudly representing Team Kenya. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the University’s commitment to sports excellence and nurturing the talents of its students. With a history of success in various sports at the national level, MUST is now making its mark on the international woodball scene.
Woodball, a sport that combines elements of golf and croquet, made its entry into Kenya in 2018, and since then, it has been gaining popularity rapidly. Its simplicity and inclusivity have drawn players from diverse backgrounds, making it a sport for all ages and genders. Recognizing the potential of woodball, Meru University of Science and Technology took the initiative to introduce this exciting game to our students in February 2020.
The inclusion of woodball as part of the University’s sports portfolio proved to be a game-changer. With a passion for promoting sports and nurturing talent, the University’s sports officer, Timothy Ramara and dedicated coach Oscar Wamalwa worked tirelessly to train and develop the students’ skills in woodball. The collective effort has paid off handsomely, as evidenced by the recent selection of five students to represent Team Kenya at the 3rd Beach Woodball World Cup in Malaysia.
The journey of these five students from Meru University of Science and Technology namely Roselyn Njeri (Team Kenya Captain), Collins Kiprono, Emmanuel Kimutai, Paul Maorwe and Cynthia Chepkoech to the international stage has been nothing short of remarkable. Their dedication, perseverance, and commitment to the sport have earned them a well-deserved spot in the prestigious national team, Team Kenya. Their selection for the world cup is a testament to the standard of training and support they have received at Meru University of Science and Technology.
The success of MUST in woodball did not start at the 3rd Beach Woodball World Cup. In 2022, six talented students from the University represented Team Kenya at the inaugural African Championship Games. Kenya’s exceptional performance in the championship resulted in the team emerging as the champions, further cementing the country’s position as a formidable force in the sport.
The outstanding achievements of the University’s students in various sports disciplines at the national and international levels are a reflection of the institution’s commitment to fostering excellence both academically and athletically. The Sports Officer Timothy Ramara, Assistant sports officer Edwin Oduor and coaches at MUST have played a pivotal role in identifying and nurturing sporting talent, providing students with the necessary resources, guidance, and encouragement to excel in their chosen fields.
The success of MUST in woodball and other sports is a source of inspiration for current and future students. It showcases the opportunities available at the University to explore and develop their sporting passions while pursuing academic excellence. The achievements of these athletes demonstrate the power of discipline, teamwork, and dedication, serving as role models for aspiring sports enthusiasts across the country.
As the 3rd Beach Woodball World Cup continues in Malaysia, the nation’s eyes are on the five students from MUST who are proudly representing Team Kenya. Their journey from being introduced to woodball in 2020 to competing at an international level exemplifies the University’s commitment to sports development and nurturing talent. With a legacy of success in various sports at the national level and a triumphant display at the African Championship Games, Meru University of Science and Technology continues to be a beacon of excellence in both academia and sports.
Roselyn Njeri (Team Kenya Captain), Collins Kiprono, Emmanuel Kimutai, Paul Maorwe and Cynthia Chepkoech; the MUST family is very proud of you.