Violet Barasa

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Violet Barasa
Personal information
Full name Violet Awindi Barasa
Born (1975-06-21)June 21, 1975
Kenya
Died February 12, 2007(2007-02-12) (aged 31)
Kenya

Violet Awindi Barasa (June 21, 1975, Sikhendu village, Bungoma District, Kenya – February 12, 2007, Webuye) was a volleyball player from Kenya. Her surname is sometimes spelled as Baraza.

She was a long-time captain for the Kenyan women's national volleyball team. Baraza represented Kenya in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, three times in the World Championship and in numerous continental events.[1]

She was one of the few Kenyan players to play professional volleyball abroad, for Al-Ahly in Egypt, Vileo and Unic-Romania in Romania, Panellinios in Greece and Dicle University in Turkey.[2]

She died in February 2007 at the Webuye District Hospital of undisclosed causes. At the time of her death, she was still an active player with the Kenya Commercial Bank volleyball club, although she had been dropped from the national team.

She was married to Kenneth G. Kimani, who was born at Karatu Sub-Location, Ndarugu Location, Kiambu District, Gatundu Division in Central Province. He attended Ndarugu Primary School and went to Muhoho High School, He Later Joined Jomo Kenyatta University in Juja.

Ken like his wife was also one of the few Kenyan players to play professional volleyball abroad, for Panellinios in Greece and Dicle University in Turkey

Kenneth and Awindi had no child.

Ken is now the director of GTN (Gospel television network)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Standard, February 14, 2007: Former national team captain dies in hospital
  2. ^ Daily Nation, February 14, 2007: Kenya volleyball star Barasa passes away