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Transition: Jane Davies-Doxzon (tennis), George ‘Kajiwe’ Mng’ong’o (rugby)

JANE Davies-Doxzon, the first and only Kenyan to have ever won Gold medals (women’s singles and doubles) tennis at the African Games has died.

In 1978 All Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria, Davies-Doxzon won the women’s singles Gold after beating compatriot Susan (nee’ Wakhungu) Githuku in the final. Davies-Doxzon also won the women’s doubles Gold partnering Githuku.

Top: All Africa Games women’s tennis Gold medal winner Jane Davies-Doxzon who died last week. Above: Mwamba and Kenya select sides’ George ‘Kajiwe’ Mng’ong’o (left) in action for Mwamba against Impala in a 1983 Eric Shirley Shield rugby match. He also died last week

Top: All Africa Games women’s tennis Gold medal winner Jane Davies-Doxzon who died last week. Above: Mwamba and Kenya select sides’ George ‘Kajiwe’ Mng’ong’o (left) in action for Mwamba against Impala in a 1983 Eric Shirley Shield rugby match. He also died last week

Family circles in Nairobi broke the news on social media. The then Jane Davies, after the All Africa Games, married Steve Doxzon, the American who was also in Algiers as head coach of the Kenya swim team. They had one son, Alan Davies, although the couple later separated.

Steve Doxzon, a sports specialist and the then programme director at YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) was a rugby player, a prop forward among the founders of Kenya’s famous club, Mwamba, in 1977 and was a starter for two seasons.

In the pioneer Mwamba starting XV, Steve Doxzon was, incidentally a teammate of scrum half George “Kajiwe” Mng’ong’o who has also died. Mng’ong’o was a regular pick for (Kenya Rugby Football Union) Chairman’s XV, Kenya Select XV and Miro RFC XV sides.

George Mng’ong’o (second from left, foreground) with Mwamba teammates and their families at break during a sevens rugby tournament at Eldoret Sports Club in 1979

George Mng’ong’o (in glasses, second from left, foreground) with Mwamba teammates and their families at break during a sevens rugby tournament at Eldoret Sports Club in 1979

Educated at Lenana School and the University of Nairobi, Mng’ong’o, an economist, died at his residence in Nairobi. Family in Mazeras, Kwale County, near Mombasa,  said there had been a concern because, very unlike him, he had been missing for several recent  important family gatherings, including the burial of an aunt.

Funeral arrangements for his burial in his home in Mazeras are taking place.

Jane Davies, who attended and learnt tennis, like so many other Kenyan girls, at Loreto Convent Valley Road was one of two children – the other is son Richard — of the late tennis icon Jim Davies. Popularly known as ‘JD’, he was severally chairman of Kenya Lawn Tennis Association (KLTA) and owner of Kenya’s first-ever tennis Academy (the JD Tennis Academy).

Jane Davies

Jane Davies

The official family communique read:

“It is with deep regret that the Davies family of Kenya announce the sudden and untimely passing away of Jane Davies (1st March 1958 – December 2nd 2019) former Kenyan and African ladies singles and doubles tennis Champion.

Beloved daughter of the late Jim and June Davies. Sister of Richard Davies. Mother of Alan Davies and mother-in-law of Rachel Davies. And very proud grandmother of Hunter Davies.

You will be missed by us all but and we are happy knowing that you are now at peace and with your wonderful parents watching over us.”

Jim Davies (right) coaching and administration icon of Kenya tennis hands over equipment to Victoria Tennis Academy. He died in Nairobi in 2012. His African Games tennis Gold medallist daughter, Jane, passed way last week

Jim Davies (right) coaching and administration icon of Kenya tennis hands over equipment to Victoria Tennis Academy. He died in Nairobi in 2012. His African Games tennis Gold medallist daughter, Jane, passed away pon December 2, 2019

Jim Davies, a former motor dealer and Citroen agent in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, Davies was also the first Kenyan to launch a modern mechanised fitness centre, by name of Nautilus, in the warehouse of Davies Motor Corporation off Uhuru Highway.

He also managed Kenya’s most successful men’s Davis Cup team, one which was one playing in the European Group and went on the brink of making the World Group.

For his over 50 years’ impressive coaching and administrative service to Kenya and world tennis he was conferred the title of professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) making him the first in Africa at the recommendation of Master Professional Review Committee. Davies died at the Nairobi Hospital in 2012.

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