Faith Ogallo loves nature as she loves sport. Her long and winding journey took her through two major disciplines before she was finally accepted into Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art that promotes the good spirit through mental weaponry.
The 27-year-old is set to make history as the second woman to fly the Kenyan flag at the Olympics in the discipline.
Its history is that of faith and resilience; a true Kenyan spirit to never give up. She tried her hand at basketball but failed, switched to football but failed again.
She was on the verge of joining rugby when she received a call-up for Kenya’s Tae Kwon Do team, an opportunity she grasped with both hands.
Between the two, she developed an interest in the environment, her other love.
“It is the rigor and the commitment that push me to continue my training and to concentrate on my studies. When I’m not training, I’m studying, ”Ogallo said.
“I study the environment a lot and believe that if we come together as a country we can achieve Vision 2030,” said the student from Kibabii University.
Ogallo, whose love for the environment was positively influenced by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Professor Wangari Mathai, is pursuing undergraduate studies in social work.
Twelve years have passed since Kenya last sent a Tae Kwon Do player to the Olympics.
But Ogallo is set to follow in the footsteps of pioneer Milka Akinyi who opened the Olympic stay in Beijing in 2008.
“The trip was not easy. Fortunately, I have reached this stage and am ready to compete in the Olympics. ”
Ogallo will begin her campaign on July 27, where she will face 16 opponents.
Despite the significant challenge ahead, she remains optimistic that Kenya will win their first medal at the Summer Games.
“I am ready to face any opponent after placing myself in different weight classes.”