Story By: Blazers Media

Photo Credits: Blazers Media

20th June 2024, Nairobi, Kenya

Volleyball enthusiasts in Kenya and beyond know Sime Julliard Mbappe as the powerful Outside Hitter for Trailblazers Volleyball Club, a player whose agility and strategic prowess have won many matches. However, few are aware of the rich tapestry of experiences and achievements that define his life beyond the volleyball court.

Born on April 8, 1988, in Batouri, Cameroon, Mbappe’s journey is a testament to perseverance, versatility, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in diverse fields. Hailing from a French-speaking background but navigating an Anglo-Saxon educational system, Mbappe’s early life in Batouri laid the foundation for his multilingual and multicultural proficiency. After seven formative years in primary school, he earned his First Leaving School Certificate (FLSC), marking the start of a diligent academic career.

Secondary school saw Mbappe further distinguishing himself academically. He completed five years to obtain the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O/L) and an additional two years for the Advanced Level (GCE A/L), showcasing his dedication to his studies alongside his growing passion for sports.

Mbappe’s academic journey led him to the University of Yaoundé 1 Ngoa Ekelle, where he initially pursued biochemistry. However, after two years, he shifted gears towards education, enrolling at the Teacher’s Training College in Batouri (ENIEG). Here, he earned the Certificat d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement Maternelle et Primaire (CAPIEMP), demonstrating his commitment to contributing to the educational sector.

Continuing his academic pursuits, Mbappe attended the Higher Teacher’s College (ENS) in Bambili, Northwest Cameroon, for two years, specializing in Biology. His educational journey did not stop there; he furthered his expertise in communication and technology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Postes et Télécommunications (ENSPT) in Yaoundé, now known as SUP’PTIC. After three rigorous years, he emerged as an Inspector for Posts and Telecommunications, specifically in Postal Exploitation techniques, blending his technical acumen with his pedagogical skills.

Despite his extensive academic and professional commitments, Mbappe’s passion for volleyball remained unwavering. His talent on the court earned him a spot playing for Forces Armees et Police (FAP) in Cameroon before switching to Rwanda for two years with UTB. His prowess soon caught the eye of Kenya’s Equity Bank team, and subsequently, he joined Trailblazers Volleyball Club, showcasing his skills internationally. Mbappe’s dedication to volleyball extends beyond playing; he is a certified FIVB Level 1 coach with a National Certificate in Strength and Conditioning (S&C). This certification not only highlights his understanding of the game but also his ability to train and inspire upcoming athletes.

Away from the rigors of academia and the volleyball court, Mbappe enjoys a variety of hobbies. His love for tourism, movies, and music offers him a balanced lifestyle, allowing him to unwind and explore new cultures and ideas. His central interests remain rooted in sports, particularly volleyball, and football, where he continues to engage both as a player and a passionate supporter.

Sime Julliard Mbappe’s life is a remarkable blend of athletic excellence, academic achievement, and professional versatility. From the schools of Batouri to the volleyball courts of Rwanda and Kenya, Mbappe exemplifies a relentless pursuit of excellence and a commitment to personal and professional growth. His journey inspires not only aspiring athletes but also anyone striving to balance multiple interests and succeed in various fields.

As we get to know our players beyond their on-court personas, Mbappe’s story stands as a beacon of what dedication, hard work, and passion can achieve.