“Life is What you make it”
Let me Introduce Myself, my name is Collins Wanjala, am 24 years old, a resident of Ongata Rongai. I come from a family of four.
For me, my Childhood experiences range from playing football to gymnastics and also athletics, swimming among many others.
Collins studied at Moi Forces Academy for his primary school and St Peters Mumias high school for secondary education. He joined Kenyatta university school of law between 2011 to 2015 and proceeded to complete his class advocates training program at the Kenya school of law in 2016.
My Rugby journey began in 2007 in high school. I didn’t know much about the sports prior to when I started playing it. I had to change sports now that gymnastics which I was attached to, was not offered in the high school I joined. I tried hand ball but I didn’t find it interesting. Some day when I was idling in the field during games time I saw guys playing with the odd shaped/oval ball and I became curious about the sport. I joined them to give it a chance. The guys who were active in the team then were huge compared to my tiny body at the time. The pain I endured in that field on that day made me have a negative attitude towards the sport. I assured myself never to step on that field again. After some weeks, I met some of the players in our dorm and they forced me to go to the field and train. I started training and after some time my body got used to the game. Little did I know, the passion was instilled in me. It is not an easy sport because your body has to be conditioned to reduce exposure to injuries. I played the sport all through high school and I’d say, I owe a lot to my high school coach Mr. Shimenga, he taught us all the basics about rugby.
After my high school, I joined KCB RUGBY Club where competition was and still is tough. I had to train hard and hit the gym more often to become stronger to entitle me a position to play with the team. I played several seasons in the ERICSIRLEY SHIELD and I was promoted to play in the Kenya cup league. Club rugby is much different from high school rugby. The competition is stiff and the selection of the playing team is based on hard work and merit. I am currently still playing for KCB.
What drives me to continue playing rugby is the values and virtues that it instills in people. It has taught me how to live with people and the importance of team work in aspects of life. It teaches me the need to humble in whatever you achieve. You never know what the future has in store for you. The great feeling of wanting to win and winning is always a driving factor. It shows that hard work never goes unrewarded. I still play the sport cause am healthy enough to play which I always Thank God for that. It is a contact sport and as such, injuries are bound to occur. Finishing a game or a season injury free, you thank God. I am always guided with the saying of Jeremiah 29:11.
I have won various trophies while playing both in high school and at club level. Some of the trophies include the Eric Shirley shield, the Kenya cup, the enterprise cup the chairman’s cup, the great rift tournament, the floodlight tournament, several sevens local circuits tournaments. All these have been possible because of team work and I thank God.
The major challenge I face as an individual is balancing my profession and the sport. Both require a lot of time and attention and at times I have to prioritize my profession over the sport. Injuries are also a major, as some of them are recurring and it reaches a point you have to play with them.
Well, it’s a sport that displays gesture that you won’t witness in other sports. Seeing how professional players treat each other after a tightly contested match is what makes me tell myself, I have to play this sport until the day I am not in a position to go on.
Five years from now, I am hoping to have won more awards with my team KCB and most importantly to have grown as an individual and to have made progress with my profession. If I get to play for the national team well and good it will be an honor.
I am much inspired with how Highlander’s winger Waisake Naholo and Blues center Sonny Bill Williams both from New Zealand conduct themselves both in the field and off the field. They display great values and virtues and keeping up with their games makes me a better rugby player.
My encouragement to young Kenyans, the world is what you make it. If you want something, go for it don’t let people with negative opinions put you down. Listen to people who have made it in the profession and pick up the positives from them. Nothing comes easy, so if anything is handed to you without any hard work think to avoid any regrets in the future. Finally, always thank God for any achievements you make and be humble.
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