Teenage tennis star Angela Okutoyi won the Sports Personality of the Month Award (SPOM) for the month of January.
Okutoyi coasted to the award following het exploits at the Australian Open where she became the first Kenyan player to win a Grand Slam match in the Girls’ Juniour Category.
The 19-year old had a fine campaign at the tournament progressing to the third round where she was eliminated in scores of 63, 6-3 by Lola Radivojevic of Serbia.
“January was such a good month for Kenyan Tennis and me after I won a match at the Australian Grand Slam. We have come from far and I am proud to have lifted the Kenyan flag on high,” Okutoyi said in an interview with Standard Digital.
Okutoyi floored other three contestants for the award who are 10km Valencia race winner Daniel Simiyu, middle-distance runner Norah Jeruto and Vincent Onyala of the national rugby team Kenya Shujaa.
Rally driver McRae Kimathi was feted the Sports Personality of February during the same ceremony.
The junior WRC hero won the award thanks to his exploits in Sweden where he became the first Kenyan to finish a rally on snow.
“The award goes a long way in motivating young and upcoming sports personalities to realise their potential in sport. It also fuels one’s passion to give more to the sport,” McRae said.
McRae floored Milton Ilakhuya, Kenya’s top scorer at the wheelchair basketball World Cup qualifiers and national 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala who broke the Kenyan men’s 60m dash record.