Faith Nyagaki Muchiri from Kariko in Othaya, Nyeri County won a gold and two silver medals in swimming category during The 2019 World Special Olympics held in Dubai.
Special Olympics is a multi-sport event for people with disabilities. This year’s contest was held from March 14-21.
Nyagaki, 24 is a student at Kenya Community Centre, school for learners with special needs in Nairobi.
She beat over participants from 200 countries to bag gold in 50m breaststroke and two silver medals in 4x25m freestyle mixed relay at Hamdan Sports Complex.
Though she did not receive much national attention when she flew back, Nyeri county government hailed her though it happened four months after her victory.
Governor Mutahi Kahiga hailed Nyagaki as a Nyeri champion alongside late Prof Wangari Maathai, Freedom Fighter Dedan Kimathi, marathoner Catherine Ndereba, former President Mwai Kibaki and others.
“My Government will fully support sporting activities and even establish facilities which will cater for the People Living with Disabilities” Kahiga promised after he met Nyagaki.
It is expected he will honour her on Mashujaa Day as he invited her parents to attend the event.
Nyagaki who is also a dancer, singer and golfer developed disability due to calcium deficiency a year after she was born.