ILE-IFE SECONDARY SCHOOLS ACHIEVE GREAT FEATS IN SPORTS COMPETITION.

ILE-IFE SECONDARY SCHOOLS ACHIEVE GREAT FEATS IN SPORTS COMPETITION.



In an inter-school competition organized by the sports' council of Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-Ife last weekend, secondary schools in the town performed excellently well in different sporting events.

The competition, which was in collaboration with the  Department of physical and health Education and the institute of cultural studies of the institution, had participants from various secondary schools, which included St. Stephen Government School, The Apostolic Government  school, Ooni middle school, Ife government middle school and many others.

 At the final stage of the competition, Ife middle School won the football finals against Ooni middle school while in the  Hockey 5 (Aside) Competition, St Stephen Government School led The Apostolic Government  school after a penalty score of 2-1.

   Also, in athletics, Ooni middle school won the gold and silver medals in the females' 100-metre race while Ife government middle school won the bronze medal.
Adventist secondary school, Ife government school  and The Apostolic government school won the Gold,silver and bronze medals respectively in the male category.

However, the Final ceremony was witnessed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede ; the Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Professor Bamire; the Dean of Students' affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi; sports' icons and other dignitaries in the university community.

During the VC's address. Prof. Ogunbodede outlined the importance of sports in the society and the nation's economy.
"Sport remains the number one tool for social mobility especially for the youths and the second legitimate foreign exchange earning business next to crude oil in Nigeria today."

 "This fact motivated the OAU sport Council to enter into collaboration with department of Kinesiology to take the culture of sports excellence to the Grassroot that should serve as the bedrock of skill development and early talent identification in any serious society." He said.

 He, then pledged the support of his administration to the development of sports within and outside the university.

"The administration is interested in giving back to the community and there's no other way to do that than through sports. Every department is therefore challenged to do something about this new development. This is the beginning of better things to come. We need to create a better working relationship. Kudos to the sport council and the department." He added.

Out of the awards presented to the best players, Toma Emmanuel won the best Handball player, Folaremi Femi won the best badminton player, Seyi Akinyefa won the best Volley ball players and Jimoh Morufat won the best athlete.

In an interview with OAU KILONSHELE, many of these students expressed their excitement and heart-felt gratitude.
"I'm  very excited and grateful to OAU and everyone involved in the program.. It is a great opportunity for me." Toma Emmanuel, the Best handball player said.


"I'm very excited, I wasn't expecting this when I started training but I'm  glad I did.  I wish to continue running.  So Grateful for the chance!" Jimoh Morufat, best athletic, exclaimed.

Meanwhile, the Head of the department of kinesiology, Dr.(Mrs) Bimbo Ayodele  and the Director of Sports Council, Abu Adamu, appreciated the student coaches who participated in the grassroots programme by taking the secondary school students through the 6-weeks sports exercise.

"The intention of the Department and Sports council, OAU, is to take sports at grassroot level to the highest height." Abu stated.

"My thanks goes to the student coaches for an amazing job especially hockey, which is a very demanding sport. And to the sport council, I wish the collaboration is a continuous one, which will bring the town and the university together." said the HOD.

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