KISUMU POLY HOSTS 24TH EDITION OF KETISA GAMES

KISUMU POLY HOSTS 24TH EDITION OF KETISA GAMES

The Kisumu National Polytechnic recently hosted the 24th annual athletics, rugby and soccer championships organized under the Kenya Technical Institutions Sports Association (KETISA)

The theme for this year’s sports gala was reducing drug abuse and HIV/AIDS through sports. “Sports activities keep students engaged in constructive tasks and keeps them healthy in the mind and body” said Mr. Ongwacho, sports Officer TKNP. The four-day event began on March 28, 2018 and ended on March 31 attracting twenty technical institutions from across the country with all the regions well represented. TKNP posted a good performance despite the prowess from rivals and emerged a repectable position six out of the 20 teams while Eldoret National Polytechnic won the trophy for the best team overall.  Teams excelled in the various categories; Sigalagala National Polytechnic emerged winners in Rugby men, Kitale National Polytechnic won the men’s floorball while Eldoret Poly won the women’s floorball, athletics and Soccer ladies thus becoming the KETISA games 2018 champions.

Some of the institutions represented at the event included the ten national polytechnics led by the Kisumu National Polytechnic, the National Youth Service, the Railways Institute, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Kenya Waster institute and others. The women’s soccer and rugby events attracted spectators with the teams that made it to the finals appreciated for a good show of talent and skill “Women soccer is a popular game  and has a chance to attract more skilled players, we need to increase our enrolments to have more people participate in the game as we help our students to hone their skills in sports” said County TVET director Mr Ocharo in his closing remarks.

In her opening address TKNP Chief Principal Joyce Nyanjom welcomed all the participants to the event, “I welcome all the distinguished guests and all the participating teams to this year’s championships and to our beautiful city. When time allows please explore the new opportunities and enjoy,” she said.

The national and local organizing committee delivered on its mandate with TKNP’s environmental team keeping the sports fields clean by constantly clearing litter, “the event taking place today is as a result of a year of preparation, and this is evident in the manner in which the planning and execution has been done. I must appreciate the Principal and host who is also the KETISA chair Madam Joyce for the good job”, said Mr Akach. TVET County director Mr Ocharo, reaffirmed the statement saying “sports is source of livelihood today and a very big industry…our coaches should nurture the talent identified in the students by coaching them well to participate in bigger teams and join professional teams”. Besides fulfilling the official theme, this sports event is an opportunity to tour the region and mingle. We encourage you to tour our region once you finish the games”. Said Mr Ocharo

KETISA Secretary General Mr Ngana congratulated the teams for their efforts while announcing the results. The National technical institutions’ sports festival is an annual event that rotates around technical institutions in all the counties and attracts participants around the whole country. TKNP’s   Joyce Nyanjom who is also the chairperson of the KETISA Governing Council welcomed teams from more than 10 counties to annual sports gala and extended an invitation for the guests to tour the city to appreciate its beauty.


POLY HOLDS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Business department of Kisumu National Polytechnic beat other sections in the just concluded interdepartmental athletics competitions held at the institution’s Grounds on March 4, 2017.

The one-day event also acted as trials to identify athletes who will represent TKNP at the regional athletics championships. Officials from the Athletics Kenya officiated over the trials. “Our presence here ensures that we guide and help in the selection of a formidable team to compete at the regional competition,” an AK official who requested anonymity added.

The track events included the 100m, 200m, 400m sprints, the 4×100 and 4×400 relay races for both men and women. Middle distance races included 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Men also had the 10,000m race. Other field events included Short Put, Discus, High Jump, and Long jump, Triple Jump, the Hammer and Javelin.

Chants from cheering spectators rent the air as countless referee whistles screeched from every corner of the sports pitches. The Business department scooped 167 points followed closely by Building and Civil Engineering department that had 164 points. In third and fourth positions were the Food and Beverage department with 96 points and Mechanical Engineering with 86 points. Applied Sciences followed at position 5 with 69 point and Automotive Engineering was in position 6 with 67 points. Electrical Engineering, Liberal Studies, Maths and Entrepreneurship departments had 57, 37, 28 and 10 points respectively.

In the women’s classification for departments, Food and Beverage took the cake with 81 points followed by Business department at 74 and Building and Civil Engineering at 64 points. Applied Science women came in fourth with 51 points while Mechanical department garnered 30 points. In the gents’ classification for departments Building and Civil Engineering took the overall position with 100 points followed by Business Studies with 93 points and Automotive Engineering in position 3 with 67 points.

Some of the students who made it to the team included Consolata Doreen, Anne Okwama and Jackline and Peterson Muganda, Kiprono Victor and Douglas Masinde in the 100m women and men races. “We cannot conclusively say that we have a complete team, we still have to commence rigorous training before we can form a team. This competition has been very helpful in identifying the individuals to enlist for training … We shall embark on a rigorous training after today’s event and use the kitty provided to us by our dear Principal to provide nourishment and motivation to our athletes,”  said Mr Ongwacho, who heads the Sports Department.

Sports and especially athletics pays, and those with such talents should take advantage of the support system we have at the polytechnic in terms of coaches and a good field track to nurture their talents. I want to assure you that I will always support you, said KNP Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom.

Elated members of staff took to the track to display their prowess and did not fall short of the spectators’ expectations in the 100m race that drew the curtain for the day.


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