Western region wins national primary schools’ sports champions
Western region is 2017 Kenya national primary schools’ games overall champion after garnering 60 points.
The region managed to defend their title after a tight battle with Rift Valley that came second followed by Nyanza in the games that ended on Saturday at Kaaga Primary School grounds in Meru County.
The Western regional Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association (KPSSA) Secretary General, Philip Opakasi said despite the long distance travelled to the venue, they were able to trounce the other regions in the tough competition.
“This has been done through early preparation. We came three days before the kick off. We want to make sure next year we still emerge winners,” said Opakasi.
“We want to appreciate the government for financing the entire process and facilitating our success as a region,” he added.
Western region comprises Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga counties that offered stiff competition to other areas.
The region beat defending champions Nyanza 2-0 to bag the trophy leading to celebrations and chanting in Luhya tunes.
Rift Valley came second followed by Nyanza, Eastern, Coast, Nairobi, Central and North Eastern respectively in the sizzling competition. The region also won handball and volleyball for girls.
Endau Primary School from Kitui County in Eastern region took the gymnastics trophy after facing a stiff competition from Emakina Primary school from Western region.
The coach and head teacher of Endau Primary Phillip Kiema said sports play a key role in enhancing pupils’ physical fitness and academic performance.
“The school has carried the title for five years in a row in both boys and girls but this time the latter were edged out,” said the head teacher, whose boys’ team took the gymnastics trophy.
North Eastern was declared the most improved region although they finished fourth in boys’ football and volleyball.
The Coast region lost their boys’ football title to Rift Valley after a 2-1 loss. Nyanza region was crowned girls’ netball queens.
Next year’s competitions will be held at the Coast region.
By Richard Muhambe