By Faith Famous Nekesa
Faith Ogallo’s love for sports is unexplainable. Her journey has taken her through two major disciplines before she finally found acceptance in Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art that fosters the right mind through mental armament.
She is set to go into the Kenyan books of History as the second female to ever get that far hoisting the Kenyan flag at such a young age of 27 years. She has portrayed a true Kenyan spirit of resilience, resistance and endurance. She also took part in other sports like football and basketball but her love for Tae Kwon Do surpass the two.
She was on the verge of joining rugby when she received a call-up to the Kenya Tae Kwon Do team, an opportunity that she grabbed with both hands and her love for nature grew as days went by.
“I study a lot about the environment and I believe if we come together as a country, then we can achieve the vision 2030,” said the University of Kibabii student.
Ogallo, whose love for the environment was positively influenced by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the late Prof. Wangari Mathai, is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Works.
It is twelve years down the line ever since the last time Kenya sent a female Tae Kwon Do player to the Olympics hence Ogallo’s determination to follow in the footsteps of pioneer Milka Akinyi who opened the Olympics sojourn in Beijing in 2008 Beijing to bring it home.
“The journey hasn’t been easy. Thankfully, I have reached this far and am ready to compete in the Olympics.”
Ogallo will begin her campaign on July 27, where she will face off with 16 opponents. Despite various challenges which lie ahead, she remains positive that Kenya will pick her maiden medal at the Summer Games
“I am ready to meet any opponent after slotting in different weight categories as I have my simple principles: Discipline and Commitment which pushes me to carry out my training and focus on my studies. When I am not training, I do my studies,” said Ogallo.
All the best team Kenya in the Olympics