Today MTN Uganda is celebrating women in Sport and five have received accolades for excelling and inspiring other women in the field of sport.
We profile them as you try to build knowledge and get to know them better.
Here are the profiles;
1. Jane Asinde
Bio: Jane Asinde is one of the top junior college transfers in women’s college basketball. She was the 18th – rated player in the World Exposure report for Juco rankings. She decided to play for the Wichita State women’s basketball team without even going for a visit on campus. She transferred to Wichita State from Grayson Junior College in Denison, Texas. At Grayson she received WBCA NJCAA First Team All – American.
2. Janet Mbabazi
Bio: In July 2018, Mbabazi was named in Uganda’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. She made her Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) for Uganda against Scotland in the World Twenty20 Qualifier on 7 July 2018. In April 2019, she was named as the vice-captain of Uganda’s squad for the 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa tournament in Zimbabwe.
3. Franklyn Najjumba
Bio: In July 2018, Najjumba was named in Uganda’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. She made her Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) for Uganda against Scotland in the World Twenty20 Qualifier on 7 July 2018.
4. Peruth Chemutai
Peruth Chemutai is a steeplechase runner. She won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase race, becoming the first Ugandan woman ever to win an Olympic medal.
5. Halima Nakaayi
Sport: Athletics (800m and 1500m)
Bio: Halimah Nakaayi is a middle-distance runner who specialises in 800 metres. She is the 2019 World Champion at the event and won the bronze medal at the 2022 World Indoor Championships. Nakaayi is the current Ugandan record holder in the 800m both outdoors and indoors, and also for the 1000 metres.