What began as an effort among three physically disabled friends to keep their bodies fit slowly generated into a passion but little did they know that their exercise would quickly develop in to a competitive sporting venture.
Florence Ofwenje,Ochieng Omondi and Wangari Ngunyi are the brain child behind the famous Nakuru Sitting volley ball team which has strived to beat odds to emerge national champions in Para volley .
The weekly practice for competitive Para volley at Afraha Stadium has seen youth living with physical disability enroll in the sport but amid high expectations from local sports management officials.
The team’s coach Florence Ofwenje says players have only been resilient since inception and without appropriate gear, allowances and motivation the journey to stardom has been particularly strenuous.
Today the 30 participants of the sport say they are committed to using the sport to reach out to their peers but the much needed support is lacking.
Without a pride of place despite their hard work in representing Nakuru County on various high profile sports extravaganza in the country.
With only a month and a few weeks to the national Para volley championships in Kitui,Florence and her team fear that despite their weeks of painstaking practice and an exemplary track record in the court, they may not be among the participating teams .
The players who will be selected during the trials will represent Kenya in the Africa Para volley championship that will be held in Rwanda later this year.
She is confident that her team will win and wants well-wishers to support the players to participate in the sporting fete which they say may as well give them leverage to their common goals of getting empowered through sitting volley ball.
The team’s effort to reach to the County Government`s department of Sports and Social services for intervention has been met with frustration as officials say they have no money to support the team.
The coach is however optimistic that the future is bright for the team and is appealing to youth living with disabilities to join the team and pursue common goals together.
The Kenya Football Federation (KFF) had picked Nakuru as host of this year’s Para volley championships but last month moved the games to Kitui after citing lack of facilities in Nakuru.