The Kenya Skating Team National Coach, Fred Otieno, has given a thrilling narration of how an invitation to go watch an Ice Hockey Tournament at the Panari Sky Center led him to a street children rehabilitation path.
While speaking to kenyanstar for the Kenyanstar of the week column, Otieno revealed that the outcome of that trip is something he had never expected to happen in his life.
"Out of my own good will i was training Baloteli how to skate. I had been doing this for about three weeks before i got this invitation to go watch Ice Hockey at Panari so i asked him to accompany me" Says Fred Otieno.
"The next day when i go for training I found Baloteli with a host of other street children and they were all saying 'Kochez! Tunataka kuwa skaters, tunataka kujoin team yako(coach, we want to be skaters! We want to join your team)'"
"They did not leave me with any option so i had to take them in, and just like that, we started the Sprint Skating Club"
Fred Otieno's full Interview will be published on Kenyanstar later in the week. In this interview he speaks about Skating in Kenya and how he is using it to the advantage of his Street Children rehabilitation program.
The Kenya National Skating Federation has lined up the first skating tournament of the year in Nakuru on the 9th of April 2017. This is one among the many tournaments the federation will organize as they prepare skaters for the world Championships later in the year.
The federation will hold a qualifier event in June this year to select skaters that will represent the country at the world championships in China later on in September this year.
Speaking to Kenyanstar in an exclusive interview for the Kenyanstar of The week Column, National Speed Skating Coach, Fred Otieno, has appealed to the Government to support the federation efforts in preparing the team for the World Championships.
"Last year we went to Germany for the BMW marathon with very little finances and no support at all from the Government. Despite that, we posted impressive results so I'm sure if the government were to support us it will go a long way." Said Otieno.
"We have already submitted our funding proposal to the ministry of sports and we are hoping that the outcome will be positive." He added.
The full transcript of the Interview with Fredrick Otieno will be published on Kenyanstar later in the week.