- Triza Atuka, National Women’s Volleyball team middle blocker has admitted being on the sidelines due to injury has made her ‘hungrier’ for the game and will be on it when she fully recovers.
Atuka, 28, has been out of action following an injury she got on October when playing for Kenya Pipeline in the final leg of the Kenyan Volleyball Federation League in Kapsabet. Since then, Atuka who was instrumental in Malkia Strikers’ qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics, is on her rehab journey.
“I miss playing volleyball, but I am happy that the sport keeps going and players keep on improving as we work on the same goal of succeeding. However, I always attend club training although I cannot play, I help the young ones by guiding them,” Atuka revealed.
She also added that being on the sidelines is hard but will make her feel hungrier to play again. She outlined that once she is fully fit, her priorities will be to guide Kenya Pipeline to reclaiming their glory locally and in the continent.
Atuka is pleased that she is improving every day and is keenly following the program provided by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya Strength and Conditioning Consultant, Geoffrey Kimani.
“I’m working on gaining muscles because being out of action for a long time the body becomes dormant so I can’t go straight to the gym. This week we have been working on gaining leg muscles then prepare to start gym work. In the beginning, it was difficult because I felt some pain, but the body is now picking up,” Atuka, who said that it was her first time in her career to go undergo surgery, explained.
Atuka believes in discipline and working hard. She encouraged volleyball clubs in the country and the national team to tap more young talent from schools so that the sport continues being successful.
She further observed that if we keep taping young talent the country will have a great national team and even the clubs will improve.