African Youth Athletics Championship 3000m steeplechase silver medalist Dorothy Kumutai led her School, St. Agatha Mokwo Girls High School, in marking World Youth Career Day by planting trees to create awareness on environmental conservation through sports.
Kumutai represented Kenya at the last African Championship in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Form Two student led her fellow upcoming athletes, including Dorcas Jeptoo who specialises in 3000m, Brenda Jerop (5000m), Dorene Kibet (5000m), Victoria Tipoti (800m), Mercy Jepkosgei (3000m), Jario Jeptoo and Sharon Jepchumba who both compete in the 1500m, as they took time off a busy class session to mark the day by planting over 40 avocado seedlings.
“I like conserving the environment because clean air is advantageous to athletes,” Kumutai, 16, said.
The young athlete, who is also passionate about policing, is targeting to make it into Team Kenya’s squad for the 2020 World Championship.
“Right now I would want to balance between school work and training and, hopefully, I will make it to the national team come 2020,” the soft spoken young conservationist said.
Kimutai, whose school is just a few miles away from Vivian Cheruiyot’s former Primary School, Chemwabul, draws inspiration from the multiple Olympic and World champion whom she singled out as her role model.
“I like Cheruiyot. She’s my role model. Actually she comes from this village,” she said during our exclusive interview in Kaptagat, the traditional training ground for world beaters like the world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge who is currently training for the INEOS Break 2 Challenge where he will be attempting to becoming the first human being to have run 42km in under two hours.
The World Youth Career Day was marked at Mokwo High School in collaboration with Kaptagat Forest Association, organisers of the annual Kaptagat Forest Half Marathon, which is set to take place on September 8 along the scenic Kaptagat Hills Eco-Tourism Circuit.