“You cannot survive where you do not belong.”
My name is Oscar Ayodi. I am 27 years old. I reside at Kahawa Wendani. I am the fifth born in a family of 8. I grew up in Huruma. I went to Ndururuno Primary School and later joined Vihiga Boys High School. I am now a Student at Kenyatta University pursuing a degree in Bsc. (Microbiology).
My journey with rugby started back in High School. Having come from a family of six brothers who played football for leisure and competitively, I was drawn to joining a football club too when I joined High School. However, my interest shifted in my final year as the rugby team had fewer people. I saw a gap of opportunity and decided to fill it. It is only natural that boys can be multi- talented when it comes to sports. In addition, back in High School, you will seek for activities with fewer people to favour you when it comes to school trips and functions.
Sports is one of the backbones for Vihiga Boys High School. We would train intensely. Training sharpens skills and abilities. Being in my final year, my participation as a rugby player was quite short-lived as I had to concentrate on my studies.
After my final examination, I sought to coach Moi Forces Academy- Nairobi over my long holiday since I was a bit shy to join a rugby club. I managed to lead them to East Africa championships both in the 7s and 15s. It was the first time ever for the school to make it that far in sports. This milestone was my turning point with rugby and I knew I could make personal milestones too.
While still coaching the boys, I decided to join KCB Rugby Club. This chance granted me an opportunity to play in their Kenya Cup Side. It presented itself as my personal milestone of being in the Kenya Cup Squad as a young boy thus, an achievement for me. KCB was also a dominant rugby club then. I later joined Homeboyz Rugby Club towards the end of the 2010 rugby season. It was a good fit for me as it was a new club and I did not have much of experience or a legacy, to say the least. It has been my home for the last seven years, where challenges have been conquered and I have grown.
My debut was during a satellite tournament in Roma, 2010. I was called upon by the then coach, Mitch Ochola. In 2012, Mike Friday was appointed the new coach. He also put me up for the season that year. I was privileged to go for three tours in my first Kenyan outing. From then on, I never looked back. I have committed myself to gaining experience and fighting for my position in the team.
My drive is the Almighty, who is the giver of my talent. It would not be wise to waste it. Secondly, my very supportive family are a drive to me. More often than not, I feel that I owe them ‘my time’ in this career. Last but not least, my ambitions and goals drive me to better myself every day.
Homeboyz Rugby club is more than a team to me, it is my family and I would love to give back through it. I hope to mentor young upcoming homeboyz players and High Schools whenever the opportunity avails itself.
A challenge I have faced has been being able to balance Rugby and my education. Both are very demanding; thus, a lot of extra effort is required to handle the two. I have had to halt my studies for a while in pursuit of the game. Despite this challenge, Rugby has built my name in Kenya and beyond. I was named the DHL impact player in Singapore. Further, I have also represented Kenya in Rugby at the summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil which is a very rare opportunity to come by. Being a sport, our achievements are also collective. We were the CAR cup 7s and 15s winners in 2013, Africa Cup Olympic qualification winners and Singapore 7s winners.
A word to the youth in this field and those in other ventures is that they should always involve God in their path, invest their time in practising, be disciplined, manage their time properly and doors shall be opened unto them.
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