Seme’s Kianja BMU crowned 2019 Kisumu County Boat Race champions
Kianja Beach Management Unit (BMU) from Seme sub-county are the men and women’s champions of the first edition of the 2019 Kisumu County Boat Race.
Kianja men’s team emerged the best in the men’s category followed by Koguta BMU from Nyakach sub-county and Kisumu Central’s Hippo Point BMU closing the top three.
In the women’s category, Seme sub-county dominated the podium after Kianja women and Bao BMU coming first and second through respectively. Hippo Point BMU of Kisumu Central Sub County.
Organized by the Kisumu County’s Department of Tourism and Sports, the competition that started at the sub-county level attracted over 100 male and female teams and the departments Chief Officer Thomas Ouko termed the race a success.
Speaking to the Standard Sports, Ouko said the County organized the event to sensitize the local in appreciating Lake Victoria’s resource and sensitizing on the conservation of the lake’s environments including the rare Sitatunga antelope, hippos and the reeds.
He said they want the resident to adapt to the other alternative use of the lake that includes sporting activities and leisure activities to supplement the main traditional use that is fishing.
“The event will be an annual event hosted by the Department of Tourism and Sports. It is regarded as one of the signature products of the County towards marketing and developing Tourism in Kisumu,” he said.
Ouko further revealed that they are planning to expand the competition to accommodate other traditional and cultural sporting activities.
“The next event will comprise of additional activities combine together - Fish Fiesta, kayaking, traditional wrestling, and corporate exhibitions among others.”
“These kinds of boat race activities would work towards more visitors to the Lakeside City of Kisumu. The event is also organized to help identify hidden talents of our locals who are deeply rooted in fishing,” he added.
In condonation with BBOX Kisumu, the clean energy solar dealers gave to the BMU winners both men and women free BBOX and offering to pay their deposits, free installation and maintenance.
The county also provided cash awards, trophies, medals, branded t-shirts, umbrellas and water cans, among others. These went to numbers one, two and three both men and women.
The Sub County heats started from Sango Rota in Nyakach went to Asat Beach in Seme, Dunga in Kisumu Central Sub County, Paga in Kisumu west and later to Oseth in Nyando Sub County.
Two teams both men and women qualified from each sub-county to participate at the County finals.
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