Uganda’s former world 3000m steeplechase champion Dorcas Inzikuru concludes 2010 on a compassionate note at the Pader Charity 10km Run in Corner Kilak, in Gulu district northern Uganda today Friday.
A Goodwill Ambassador with ABC Children Aid, the event is aimed at inspiring hope among orphans in a part the country afflicted by decades of armed conflict. Until very recently the people of Corner Kilak have never know peace since President Yoweri Museveni shot his way to power in 1986.
“My goal is to cultivate among these children an interest in sports. The youth in his place need to know that they can make some out of their lives by participating in sports,” says Inzikuru.
“Many of us came from humble and sometimes troubled beginnings. So these children should not despair. They cannot change what has happened. However they now have a chance to make a better future for themselves,” Inzikuru explains.
Inzkuru, 28, is a student at the Makerere University School of Business Studies, Nakawa campus on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala. She occupies a unique place in athletics being the only Ugandan to have won a gold medal at either the World Junior Athletics Championships or World Senior Athletics Championships.
Back in 2000 Inzikuru first captured global attention when she won the 5000m at the World Junior championships in Santiago Chile. Five years later she was it the limelight again earning a gold medal in the then newly introduced women’s 3000m steeplechase at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki Finland.
Inzikuru then took time off to fulfil pertinent cultural roles, getting married and having a baby. Now on the comeback trail, she won the 10000m, 3000m steeplechase and half marathon at the recent East Africa Inter-University at Kenyatta University in Kenya.
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