Bernadette Olesia: Lionesses Player Succumbs

The Kenyan rugby community is in a state of profound sadness and mourning following the tragic passing of Bernadette Olesia who was undergoing treatment at Nairobi Women’s Hospital.


In a statement, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed Olesia’s passing, promising to provide further communication in due time.

Olesia was the captain of the Northern Suburbs Ladies team in addition to working as an office administrator at Shamas Rugby Foundation since 2017.

She was a vital part of the Kenyan women’s national rugby team (Lionesses)embodying the values of teamwork, unity, and pride in representing her country.

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During the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup in October last year in Uganda, she was named the most valuable player (MVP).

Olesia’s journey was not without its challenges. As a woman in a male-dominated sport, she faced gender stereotypes and prejudice that only fueled her determination to succeed.

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Her perseverance and resilience in the face of these obstacles served as an inspiration to aspiring female rugby players, showing that passion and dedication can break down barriers and shatter glass ceilings.

In the wake of Olesia’s passing, the Kenyan rugby community has come together to pay tribute to her memory.

Messages of condolences for family and friends of the fallen player have flooded on social media.

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