Chepyator-Thomson Background Information
Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson
Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson is with the Department
of Physical Education and Sport Studies, College of
Education, University of Georgia. Her research focuses
on movement forms in play and sport in Africa, the
globalization of sports in Kenya, and on issues of
multiculturalism in physical education and sport.
She has published a number of papers in journals:
Interchange, Social Development Issues, Research Quarterly
for Exercise and Sport, and International Sports.
Also included as part of her published works are book
chapters and conference proceedings.
Chepyator-Thomson was inducted into the Hall of Fame
by University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 and received
Orbits Sports award for her outstanding performances
in track running in 1978. She represented the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, Kenya, and the African continent
in major track games (NCAA, African games, Commonwealth
games, and World Cup in track and Field) where she
broke Kenya and Africa records in 1500m and 3000M.
Via Jim Memmott ‘s article (1994) in Democrat
and Chronicle’s sport’s section (Rochester,
New York), Professor Rose Chepyator-Thomson “made
the Kenyan national team for the 1980 Olympic games
in Moscow, but did not get to compete because her
country joined the United States in boycotting the
Games because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.”
Via Alex Crevar’s article in Georgia Magazine
(2003), Nordeen, UW's first director of women's athletics
said: "she was an especially outstanding example
because she was excellent in both [athletics and academics].
name is now indelibly engraved in the history of Wisconsin
athletics and will be there for all to see and appreciate."
Also, in the Georgia Magazine article, a distinctive
leader, Donna Shalala expressed that “Rose represents
all that is good about opportunity in this country."
And finally, "Rose Chepyator Thomson stunned
the whole of Africa when she became the fastest woman
to run the classic events of the 1500 and 3000 meters,"
says His Excellency Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, the
President of the Republic of Kenya (1978-2002), from
his home in Kabarak, Kenya. "She not only set
an example for women in the country but also for other
women across the continent. She is a role model both
for her running and her achievements in education.
We are proud of her, as a nation, and of her accomplishments
in track and academics."