Josphat Yarasia and Nibha Jepkemoi were the winners today’s talent search 3,000m race in Cherang’any, Trans Nzoia County.
With top five finishers- boys and girls- are set to benefit from free education courtesy of Transcend Academy, which hosts young athletes during holidays, the students will get full sponsorship for four years in secondary schools.
The foundation that was laid by 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir, was a heaven for Yarasia who won the boys’ race in 9:15 ahead of ahead of Joel Pkiror who timed 9:30 before Kelvin Kwemoi signing off the top three finishers in 9:40.
After sitting for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Yarasia managed to score 248 marks.
As he plans to join secondary school next year, he becomes the first beneficiary, exhibiting his happiness proofing that he can do better in future.
“Winning today’s race was good for me and I am happy for the title. Now am looking forward for a chance in the Transcend Academy where I will be awarded full scholarship and I know I can do better in future,” said Yasaria.
Nibha Jepkemoi won the girls’ title cutting the tape in 10:55 beating Elizabeth Katieri to second clocking 11:20 before Selina Chepoisho completed the podium stopping the timer at 11:23.3.
Just like Yarasia, Jepkemoi sat for her KCPE in 2017 and shes optimistic of working hard to ensure prosperity in education.
She said she wants to be a good athlete in the next few years and she will be happy to get full sponsorship for her secondary education.
“I hope I will be considered in the selection because my marks are low compared to the others. I want to be a good athlete in future,” said Jepkemoi.
The facility founder led by Terry Korir said needy students who are good in sports will benefit from the program for the next four years.
“This is our 5th year in supporting needy students. They are currently studying abroad,” she said.
She added that individual students who will qualify will be awarded scholarships that will see them through their secondary school education.
“We are calling upon the government through the ministry of Sports to help young youth athletes by building many talent centres, which will help them improve in various sporting events,” she added.