Uganda has been among the forefront of the African nations that have contributed to the world of sports. However, conventionally only the sportsmen have been in the limelight, with sports women usually taking the backseat.
In the recent years, Ugandan women have worked hard enough to make their presence felt, and have brought several achievements to the country. Such popularity of women in sports has been made possible because of various reasons, including betting opportunities available for such sports, for instance, urban online sports betting in Uganda. Going through the extensive list of the women sports persons, we present to you 8 of them, in no particular order.
Car Rallies is one sport which has been conventionally dominated by men. However, Susan Muwonge came as a harbinger for women in Rallying and became the best rally driver from Uganda. In 2011, she won the National Rally Championship (NRC) using a Subaru Impreza N10. She was also named as the Sports Personality of the Year by the Uganda Sports Press Association in 2013.
Another sport where women are not seen quite often is golf. However, challenging the traditions, Flavia Namakula entered the sport and has left her mark in game by winning the Uganda Ladies Open two times – 2010 and 2011. She serves in the national military and represented the country at the World Military Championships as well as the Africa Challenge Trophy.
Flavia Okecho is an idol for many young women basketball players. She started her journey at a very young age in Kiltane Hill School. In 2012, she made her club, KCCA Leopards win the League title. She currently holds five league trophies and has also been named as the Most Valuable Player by Fuba.
Fatuma is a popular footballer in Uganda and a sticker in the national team – Crested Cranes. Also known as Kamunye, she has an extremely quick left foot and known to always maintain her composure.
Bangi is an international badminton player who has represented Uganda in several tournaments. She won a bronze medal in both the 2012 African Badminton Championships in Addis Ababa and the 2016 Africa Continental Team Badminton Championships in Mauritius.
Annet Negesa is a middle-distance runner and excels in 800m races. She won two gold medals in the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships held at Gaborone, in both the 800m and 1500m categories, and a bronze in the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics held in Brunswick Canada. In 2011, the Uganda Atheletics Federation named her Athelete of the Year.
Dorcus, who bagged the gold medal in 3000m women’s steeplechase in 2005 (Helsinki), is Uganda’s best steeplechase athlete. She also won gold in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and is famous for various controversies.
Sarah Nambawa is another athlete from Uganda who specializes in triple jump. She has earned many accolades in her career despite numerous challenging circumstances. Sarah has won gold medals in two African Championships in Athletics – 2010 (Nairobi, Kenya) and 2012 (Porto Novo, Benin).