With the inaugural Kenyan National Para Beach Volleyball Championship having wrapped up in Mombasa, Nyayo Para Volleyball Club of Nairobi came away the men’s champions after going through their three games undefeated. Nakuru Para capture the women’s title after defeating Coast Sitting Volleyball Club.
Nyayo defeated Coast Sitting Para ‘B’ by 2 – 0 in sets of 21 – 5 and 21 – 15. They beat Coast Sitting Para ‘A’ in a much closer game, which went 2 -1 on individual set scores of 15 – 21, 21 – 15, and 15 – 12. Their other victory came against the Nakuru Para men’s team, which they won 2 – 0 in sets of 21 – 12, and 21 – 15. Coast Sitting Para ‘A’ finished the competition in a tightly fought contest for second after beating the Nakuru Para men 2 -1, with individual set scores of 21 – 13, 23 – 21, and 15 – 10. They also defeated Coast Sitting Para ‘B’ by 2 – 0, with individual set scores of 21 – 5 and 21 – 15. Nakuru Para finished third because they beat Coast Sitting Para ‘B’ 2 – 0, with individual set scores of 21 – 3 and 21 – 6.
The women of Nakuru Para only had to beat Coast Sitting Volleyball Club as the women’s competition featured only two teams. They won 2 – 1, with the sets going 21 – 17, 18 – 21, and 15 – 11.
Nyayo is no stranger to both national and international club competitions. Last year, they hosted the East and Central Africa Club Championships. Nyayo also has had seven of their team members on called up to the men’s national squad, including Anthony Imanyara, James Mangerere, Timoi Itiken, James Njoroge, Caleb Ondiyo, James Omondi and Paul Muriuki.
Last year, a purpose built sitting volleyball course was built in Nakuru, which likely helped their men and women’s team improve their performance.
Sitting volleyball is continutes to gain interest in Kenya, with a national team most recently competing at the World Championships African qualifiers in April of 2014. They qualified for the for the world championships in 2010 and 2011 after winning the African championships, but were unable to get the funding to compete at the world championships. The team competing in Morocco included Caleb Odiyo, Itaken Timoi, Dennis Muga, Anthony Imanyara, Paul Muriuki, Tobias Otieno, Samson Njoroge, Wilson Osumba, Polycarp Mboya, Vitalis Omondi Owako, Andrew Omwendo and James Mang’erere. Two members of the team are from Nakuru. Kenya also had a team competing at the All Africa University Games.