Kenya Lionesses’ Grace Adhiambo, was crowned the LG/SJAK Sports Personality for the Month of November on Tuesday.
Adhiambo steered the national women’s 15s team to win the Africa Cup pool B title, beating hosts Uganda 23-3 in the final played at the Wankulukuku Stadium in Kampala where she was declared the player of the match.
As a result of her sterling performance, Adhiambo took home the New LG Top Freezer, powered by a 10-year warranty Smart Inverter compressor that retails for worth Sh120,000.
Adhiambo said she was honoured by the selection and expressed initial doubt about emerging the winner especially after battling it out with other athletes.
“It is such an honour to be selected as the sports personality of the month. To be quite honest, I could not have thought of winning it especially after beating many individual sports athletes in the selection process. It is such a motivation to keep working hard,” Adhiambo said.
While speaking during the awarding ceremony at the RFUEA Grounds, LG’s content manager William Kamore lauded Adhiambo for her achievement and also praised the diversity the award portrays across all sports disciplines.
“Since taking up this award as the title sponsor, we have awarded different sports personalities cutting across different sports such as volleyball, tennis, athletics, motorsport and now women’s rugby. This is a clear indication that this award really stands to award excellence as deserved. I am glad that today we have recognised one from rugby,” Kamore said.
Adhiambo’s link-up play in attack, defence and playmaking was instrumental as the Dennis Mwanja-coached side sealed qualification to the Africa Cup Group A competition next year where they face powerhouses, South Africa, Namibia, and Cameroon.
This competition will also serve as a qualifier for the inaugural World Women 15s in 2023.
The Olympian who just joined the Administration Police force has been a key player of the Lionesses for the past three years.
She played for the sevens team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and the Challenger series in Chile in August where Kenya finished fourth.
She got the nod over New York marathon winners Sharon Lokedi and Evans Chebet, Tennis ace Angela Okutoyi who won the doubles category of the World Women's tour at Karen Country Club as well as reaching the finals in the singles category, KCB utility forward Davis Chenge who was named MVP of the Impala Floodlit tournament, Moses Omondi of Trail Blazers and rally driver Karan Patel who won the Kenya national motorsport championships title in November.