Three time Paralympics champion Vincent Mutai is the StarTimes/Sports Journalists Association of kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the Month of April 2019.
The paralympian won three Class T46 Gold medals in 100m, 200m and the Long Jump at the 4th International Athletics Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.
Mutai beat African U20 gold medallists Faith Chepkemoi and Mary Moraa, and Brigid Kosgei who won the women’s race at the 2019 London Marathon.
An overjoyed Mutai said he is motivated to perform better at the World Para Athletics Championships that take place in Dubai in November.
“As a paralympian, I am pleasantly surprised to have won this award. My aim is to meet the qualifying times for the 2020 Paralympic Games that will be hosted in Japan and also improve my personal best,” Added Mutai.
For the win, Mutai was awarded a 43 inch StarTimes Digital TV and Ksh. 100,000 Prize Money. He becomes the 22nd winner of the Award since Its inception in 2017.
Speaking during the award ceremony, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Mr. Aldrine Nsubuga noted the significance of the award which has since covered a range of sports disciplines and in the process recognized outstanding sports personalities who have gone on to justify their awards locally and internationally this being a true reflection of how competitive the award continues to be.
“We have since awarded excellent sports personalities in over ten sports disciplines, some of the beneficiaries of this StarTimes sports personality of the month have equally stood out at local and international platforms reflecting on the competitive nature of this award which we are keen to grow moving forward,” noted Mr. Nsubuga.
Sports Journalists Association of Kenya President Mr. Chris Mbaisi congratulated Mutai noting that the Association’s commitment towards playing an active role in promoting sports excellence in the country.
“Congratulations Mutai, your win is a true testament of the association’s commitment towards promoting sports excellence both in local and international tournaments. Our team will continue looking out for these stand out performances key in recognizing them through such efforts as the StarTimes sports personality of the month awards,” noted Mr. Mbaisi.
Mutai joins a glittering list of top sportsmen and women to have won the award, among them Fatuma Zarika, Eliud Kipchoge, Mary Keitany, Wycliffe Kinyamal, Hellen Obiri, Chess Player Sasha Mongeli, Swimmer Maria Brunhelner, Rally Driver Manvir Baryan, Beatrice Chepkoech and Boxer Judy Waguthi.