CAPE TOWN, SA – With profound sadness, I learn of the passing of Kenya Lionesses rugby player, Bernadette Olesia. As the President of Rugby Africa, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bernadette, who made a significant impact on our sport.
Bernadette’s leadership as the Captain of the Northern Suburbs Ladies Team was a testament to her unwavering dedication. Her recent contributions to the 2023 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup, coupled with her commitment to the Shamas Rugby Foundation, highlighted her exceptional skills and relentless spirit. Bernadette’s absence leaves a void that will be deeply felt across the rugby community.
On behalf of Rugby Africa and myself, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Kenya Rugby Union, Bernadette’s family, friends and teammates. We offer our unwavering support and sympathy. Let us remember Bernadette not only for her accomplishments but for her kindness, determination and passion.
With deepest sympathy,
President of Rugby Africa
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