In Uganda the women in sport may face a lot of difficulties in their respective disciplines either through participation or in pursuit of careers, however, some with thick skin will always stand up, rise up, and will always end up as role models and influential figures to the younger generations.
Today we take a look at the top 5 influential women to have withered through the challenges to transform both the society and various sports at large.
Jean Namayega Sseninde – former Footballer
A Ugandan professional footballer who played football as a ‘defender at Queen’s Park Rangers Women Football club’, a club she joined from London Phoenix.
She first played professional football for Charlton Athletics Women Football Club when she had just moved from Uganda, she also had a short loan stint with the Crystal palace ladies team.
Jean Sseninde has inspired a lot of young girls through the Jean Sseninde Foundation which she started to empower women and the girl child in skills training, sports, and healthy living. The foundation also aims at helping the girls acquire study bursaries through playing football.
Furthermore, She also started up the Jean Sseninde women development tournament for girls across the country which has turned out to be a success for the past three editions.
She is a daughter to Wakiso woman Member of Parliament and also the state minister for primary education Rose Mary Nansubuga Sseninde.
Suzan Muwonge ‘Super lady’ – Rally driver
Inspired by Rose Rwakataka, a wife to Motorsport driver Posiano Lwakataka. A teacher by profession, and a rally driver, Suzan Muwonge has turned up to hold a big name in the sport.
Nicknamed “Super lady” for her exquisite driving skills, Muwonge has gone on to prove her worth behind the wheel becoming the first lady to win the National Rally Championship (NRC) title in 2011.
After becoming the first and only lady to win a National Rally Championship in the world, She did not relax as she went on to win her second NRC title in 2018 in her Subaru N12B alongside her long-serving co-driver Edmond Kyeyune.
Suzan Muwonge, a director at ST. Francis Junior school, Buddo is multi-talented as she is also good at singing, a career she dropped to focus on Motorsports.
She has inspired many ladies and young girls to join Motorsports.
Dorcus Inzikuru – Athlete
Dorcus Inzikuru is a Ugandan track and field athlete who broke Uganda’s 33-year jinx without winning a medal at the world championships.
She won gold in the inaugural steeplechase 3000m run at the 2005 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. John Akii-Bua who won gold in the 400m hurdles and Leo Rwabogo a silver medalist in boxing were the last participants to win a medal for Uganda at the 1972 Olympics.
Inzikuru further went on to win the 3000m steeplechase gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne, Australia. Although she has moved off the spotlight, her legacy inspired a lot of young girls from across the country.
She is still a big figure in the Uganda Athletics, now based in Italy.
Peace Proscovia – Netballer
Peace Proscovia known as the “Warid Tower” because of her height, standing at 6.4ft, is the captain of the Uganda Netball team, The She cranes.
She captained the national team to two back to back World Cup competitions in 2015 and 2019. She plays professional netball for Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Australian super netball league. She also played for Loughborough lightning in England when she was pursuing a Masters of Science, majoring in marketing at Loughborough University in 2017.
Proscovia also captained the She Cranes team that lifted the 2013 Netball Nation’s Cup in Singapore and the African Netball cup in 2017.
Away from Netball, Peace also played basketball at the National team level featuring for Uganda Ladies basketball team the “Gazelles” at the 2015 AfroBasket Women Championship in Cameroon before turning into a professional Netballer.
Hasifah Nassuna – Footballer
Hasifah Nassuna stands to be the most decorated player in the Women Super league winning five trophies with two sides. Nassuna won four consecutive trophies with Kawempe Muslim SSS football team before joining UCU lady Cardinals where she won the 2018/2019 league title her fifth trophy. She was awarded the FUFA women Most valuable player (MVP) award in 2016 for her brilliant displays both on club and country. She is a role model for most of the young girls playing in the women’s super league.