By Ronald Lusulire
Looks like Solomon Kampala, the son to musician-turned-politician, and National Unity Platform (NUP) principal, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) is on the path to making Uganda proud!
On March 17, 2023, he was among the youth that took part in the Ultimate Race Nights in Dubai.
He finished third in the 200-meter race and earned his first bronze medal ever in his sporting career.
The new kid on the block took to his social media to express his delight before promising to accrue more victories in the future.
“First of many medals to come! 200m bronze in Ultimate athletics UAE race night. Much more work to come too,” he wrote.
However, just like any other sports where some qualification is called for, Kampala returned to business back home in April and was among the 5 athletes who took part in National athletics trials at Namboole in the men’s 200m and finished in fourth position.
Unfortunately, he failed to qualify to the next round, but without a doubt, the future looks brighter and who knows?
He could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, to mention but a few.
About the competition
Ultimate Athletics was founded in 2015 by Lisa Campbell. Locations include: Dubai International Academy, Dunecrest American School and Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
Athletics is the only sport focused on during the ultimate nights.
The name “Ultimate” reflects the goals for the academy, as being the final destination for everything encompassing best practices and professional provision for athletes, namely:
– Expert coaching from former and current international athletes from the UK, USA , Africa and NZ.
– Grassroots athletics through fun and energetic tots programmes. Multi-events Youth Sessions, in all track and field disciplines.
– Specialized sessions for teens and adults with expert coaches for each discipline.
– Elite sessions, 1-2-1 private training, technique correction and analysis.
– Monthly Ultimate Race nights, events, and workshops.
– Summer Camps, volunteering opportunities.
Ultimate Tots is a fun session aimed at ages 3 to 6 years. With several different coaches in this energetic class, the tots will do a circuit based on running, jumping, and throwing, the core disciplines in athletics.
Ultimate Youth is a track and field session aimed at ages 7- to-12 years.
In these sessions, the athletes are further split into groups according to their ages and abilities
They are taken through multi-events, sprints and middle-distance training.
Ultimate teens is a specialized track and field session as well. They have professional coaches for short and long sprints, middle distance, hurdles, high jump, long and triple jump, and throws.
The coaches guide participants based on their initial assessments.
Ultimate adults can choose to specialize in sprints, middle distance, high jump or hurdles.
The professional coaches help participants, whether they are elite athletes, sportsperson wanting to improve their speed, endurance for their next race, or are simply after a new sociable sport to try.