Okutoyi, MacRae feted with monthly awards as LG renews partnership with SJAK 

Friday, March 25th, 2022 00:23 | By
Rally driver McRae Kimathi after being named the LG sports personality of the month of February at LG showroom in Westlands yesterday. PD/ WEBSTER NYANDIKA

LG Electronics East Africa has announced a new one-year sponsorship deal for the Sports Personality of the Month Award (SPOM) through to December 2022.

The renewal comes as LG and Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) celebrated seven years since the giant electronics appliance first partnered with the sports scribes body in 2015.

During the launch ceremony held yesterday at LG’s Brand shop in Nairobi, tennis sensational Angela Okutoyi was named the January winner while rally driver MacRae Kimathi was feted as February finest.

Okutoyi speaking in a recorded video from Morocco said: “January was such a good month for Kenyan Tennis and myself after I won a match at the Australian Grand Slam. We have come from far and I am proud to have lifted the Kenyan flag on high.”

McRae on his part said: “The award goes a long way in motivating young and upcoming sports personalities realise their potential in sport. It also fuels one’s passion to give more to the sport.” “I now feel motivated ahead of my busy calendar starting with Croatia Rally where I will compete in the Junior WRC, Pearl of Uganda, ARC Equator Rally and round up with the WRC Safari Rally,” MacRae, who was flanked by his dad Phineas, a retired Rally driver said. 

Speaking while awarding the winners, LG Marketing Director, Changhyun Kim, said the partnership has over the years boosted players’ morale and maintain interest in sports across the country.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to support SJAK and top tier sports personalities over the last seven years. Within this period, we managed to reward many of the said personalities and empower them in their journey to the top,” the LG boss said.

“This year, we think it is wise that we expand this support to sports enthusiasts in our communities and institutions of learning as a way to support and inspire upcoming sports giants across diverse disciplines. We are investing at least Ksh.6.6 million and banking on your support to achieve this at least every quarter,” Kim announced.

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