The Sports Personality of the Year Award was founded in 2004 by former world marathon holder and IOC member, Dr.Paul Tergat. The objective of the event is to recognize outstanding performers in sports in Kenya.

The selection and vetting of nominees are received and eventual announcement of winners is undertaken by a panel of judges selected from sports editors and senior reporters from the leading print and electronic media houses in Kenya.


  • To recognize, reward and motivate sports men and women with outstanding performances each year in their own area of specialization at various levels of competition (local, regional, continental and global)
  • To raise the profile of sports in Kenya through an annual awards program thus promote sports for all career, leisure and health
  • To use sports as an agent for social change, especially amongst the youth by identifying role models
  • To create links between sports and corporate organizations, which are mutually beneficial

SOYA has a total of 18 categories:


  1. Sports personality of the year award
  2. Sportswoman of the year
  3. Sportsman of the year
  4. Team of the year Men
  5. Team of the year Women
  6. Most promising personality of the year Boy
  7. Most promising personality of the year Girl
  8. Sportsman living with a disability
  9. Sportswoman living with a disability
  10. Community Hero/Heroine
  11. Hall of fame
  12. Federation /Association of the year
  13. Coach of the year
  14. School team of the year boys
  15. School team of the year girls
  16. School coach of the year
  17. School player of the year girl
  18. School player of the year boy

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