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Samiyah Ayikoru

I was raised in Nakawa, an urban slum in Kampala. I started playing rugby at 7 years old, mostly with boys at Kyadondo rugby grounds which provided me with a safe place.

When I turned 16, I represented Uganda with the Lady Cranes 15s and then with Uganda 7s as well.  My hard work, commitment, determination and resilience has paid off over the years as I have been crowned Uganda Sports Press Association Female Rugby Player of the years 2015, 2017 and 2019.  I am now a qualified World Rugby coach as well.

I have become more confident and open to take up new opportunities and inspire other young girls to never give up and become unstoppable.

Country: uganda Age: 22 Current Main Role: International Player, Coach Languages: Lugbara, Luganda, English