*We want to run for Nigeria in future
By Toluwalase Alagbile
Students of the Britarch School, Sabon-Lugbe in Abuja who are into athletics in the college were guests of the All Comers Nigeria Athletics championships at the National stadium in Abuja.
The school led by coach Ezra Jugo were received and tutored about different disciplines of athletics by coach of the school, Gad Onumaegbu.
Shekinah Adeleye, year three pupil of the school, “I love the National stadium. This is my first time coming here. I am in love with javelin. I love the way Kelechi Nwanaga was throwing the javelin.” Shekinah met with her favourite icon who incidentally is the Nigerian champion after her throws in the All Comers which she won.
Daniela Joseph, 10, MC 1, “I have been coming to the National Stadium. I want to be a good 200metres sprinter. I hope to run for Nigeria when I grow up. I love the stadium environment. She watched the Men’s 200metres final. She was ecstatic, jumping up when the race was on with some passion. She had former African champion, Chief Mary Onyali by her side while the Men’s final was being ran.
Umar Ibrahim, JS 2, the National stadium is great. Javelin is one sport I fell in love with and would want to do when I grow.
Praise Adediran, UC1, its fabulous, great and I am not impressed with the maintenance of the facilities. I love the relays and want to be a member of relay teams for the country in international championships.
Emmanuel Okhae, 10 year old student of JSS 1. This is my first time in the National Stadium in Abuja. Its big and nice and I want to run in a stadium like this when I grow up. I love the 100metres. Daniel Effiong is one person I love and want to be better than when I grow up.
13 athletes came on the visit. They include David Adeleye, Kosi Onubogu, Divine Audu, Harry Benjamin, Ebenezer Okhae, Adeleye Favour and Uche Agili.
Students of the college also met with the Nigerian javelin men’s champion, Samuel Kure. Britarch is one of the schools where the Basic Olive Olympic Sports Training (BOOST) project is being conducted nationwide.
When fetched and told that a young girl in the stand was her admirer and because of her skills, the girl wants to be like her, an excited Kelechi Nwanaga came. Shekinah repeated her love for javelin. Nwanaga was so happy that she could inspire some confidence in her. I wish I can monitor, mentor and support her through a kiddies athletics programme. “Thank you Sheky” was what she got from the Nigerian champion.
Alagbile is a member of her school’s Press Club.