In sports, the word consistency is synonymous with greatness! Some of the greatest athletes of all time have been regarded so not because of a one or two spectacular seasons they produced, rather, how they’ve been able to keep themselves at the very top for long periods of time.
In the words of Anthony Robbins, an American author and coach, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” Victoria Pearls captain Consy Aweko appears to have glanced at this quote when her cricketing career was setting off.
It is not by mistake that she is the captain of the national team. Oftentimes, this mother of one is referred to as the mother of the team by her teammates. As motherly as her instincts can be, the 32-year-old is the skipper because of her ability to lead by example.
Whether the Victoria Pearls ace a competition or not, Aweko is always among the top performing individuals.
It is fair to say that the Victoria Pearls have had an exceptional year. From bossing the Victoria Series to winning the Capricorn Quadrangular Series in Namibia and then qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifiers, the yellow girls have ticked all boxes.
But it is also fair to say that they have been led by a committed, determined individual. As an individual, Aweko once again exhibited her bowling expertise this year.
Because of her consistency, Aweko who topped the charts in bowling in Women’s T20Is in 2022 with 40 wickets is ending 2023 as the player with the second most wickets (35).
In her own words, “It’s about the hardwork and trusting in my abilities as a player.” that has enabled her to stay on top.
Only UAE’s Vaishnave Manesh with 36 bettered the Ugandan skipper in wicket taking in 2023.
How did she accumulate the 35? Well, the Victoria Pearls first engagement this year was the Victoria Series in April. Aweko was involved in three innings in which she picked 7 wickets including three against Tanzania in Uganda’s second last round robin game.
With her seven, the spinner finished the tournament as the player with the most wickets.
At the Capricorn Series, she added eight to her tally. Three of those came against Hong Kong in Uganda’s 3-wicket win against the side, which was their first win at the Series.
The performance at the Kwibuka Memorial T20 Cup in Rwanda was questionable for the Victoria Pearls as a team, but the skipper turned out with 11 wickets. Only Rwanda’s Henrietta Inshimwe notched more (16).
To wrap up the year, the captain bagged 9 wickets at the ICC Women’s T20 Africa World Cup Qualifiers, taking her tally to 35 off 24 innings.
It is an excellent ending for the skipper who’s captained her side to a Global Qualifier.