The rally lioness has big dreams: the standard sport


Cabinet Secretary for Sport Amina Mohamed. [David Gichuru, Standard]

Kenya’s female rally drivers have made impressive progress in motorsport in recent years.

Lisa Christoppern, the founder of Lioness, a team that brings together former and active rally drivers in the country, said the sport has created vision, strength and solidarity among women, as well as a strong bond.

“We agree that our economy would be affected if they were all off the road. Most of us wouldn’t bring food on the table or raise our children, ”Christopern said during a fundraiser to support the lioness in Gigiri, Nairobi. Saturday night.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed and Maendeleo Ya Wanawake’s chairwoman Zipporah Kittony attended the event marked with pomp and color. Amina did not speak to the media and said she was in a mood of sadness.

For many years, so Christopern, the Kenyan rally drivers have been kept on the back burner.

“Over the years, Kenyan women have had little access to motorsport or even history other than cheering and watching. Today the lioness emerged as the guiding light Naivasha. We noticed a large group of women jumping up and down the streets. And more importantly, the rally was led by our CS Amina. We were very lucky.

“We have now started to write the history of Kenyan women in motorsport. Rallies and distances driven by the lioness are distinguished as extraordinary humanitarian and ecological journeys.

“Beautifully filmed to capture and showcase the beauty of our country, our people and the landscape, our safari rally is a win for Kenya and all sports enthusiasts,” she said.

The Naivasha World Rally Championship track, she said, had lots of hills and triple cautionary jumps that sparked laughter and bond despite the intense competition.

“But our mission has so much more to offer. We will make change and every event will pay off.

“There are those who have gone before us and we are grateful for their wisdom and inspiration.

The lioness paid fervent tribute to the late Orie Rogo Manduli, one of the country’s pioneers of rally drivers.

Lioness treasurer Wanjala Sio said Manduli’s legacy will inspire many generations.

Christophern said: “Motorsport has its climax in the partnership between sport, community and environmental protection.

“Look at the life that has been changed by the degradation of wildlife. For example the Rhino Charge and the fencing around the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

“If nothing else, we’re doing it in honor of all these mothers on the way to school. Many of us are mothers and we are all daughters, ”she added.

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