Boniface Kimeu was born in Malindi town in coast province, Kenya. He is a third born in a family of four with two boys and two girls. His family is very poor and this made his childhood hard. He had poor health and difficulties in communicating. This posed learning difficulties for him, such that when he reached class four, he could not keep up with pupils in his class. It was then that his teacher transferred him to a special education unit at Kambi-Mawe primary school near his home.
He became interested in sports and started participating in school games. His initial participation in Special Olympics games was in the year 2009. He participated in local handball competitions and was selected to compete at the National level in the same year.
Since then, Boniface has received a lot of support from his family and the community at large. Boniface continued to train and play to develop his talent further. In the year 2010 he was selected to participate in the Unified Soccer National competition. His performance was excellent. He was the selected together with 9 other athletes to represent Kenya in the Africa Unity Cup football seven-a-side competition in South Africa. Boniface believes this was a turning point in his life, as he had never imagined he could achieve so much within such a short time. His family and community were happy and joined him in the celebrations.
Special Olympics turned his life around and he could feel he was a new person. In 2012, he was selected to attend an Athlete Leadership Training in Nairobi. There he learned how to be a leader and how to give speeches in front of a crowd. He gained a lot of courage through the training and is now a very confident person. In May 2014, he was elected the chairperson of Athlete Input Council for the Kenya program. He also serves on the Regional Athlete Input Council (2018-2022) and captained the SO Kenya football team that participated in the 2020 first ever PAN-Africa games. He was recently selected to be the regional representative on the Global Athlete Leadership Council (2021-2023).
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