*You can be nation’s hopes in sports tomorrow
Former five-time Olympian, Chief Mary Onyali, has challenged the children of Topgrade secondary school, a co-educational institution, in Lagos to strive hard in their academics as we as sports to become the next generation of champions which the naton can look forward to for podium success in international sports.
Speaking at the 5th inter house sports competition of the college, the Executive Director of the Basic Olympic Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) project, who was special guest of honour said, ‘you should be so appreciative of the management of your school for making the inter house sports a feature of your education. I appreciate them on your behalf.”
The event which took place at the NPA sports complex on Bode Thomas street, Surulere-Lagos attracted parents, friends, business associates, celebrities and men and women who have excelled in various endeavours
Special Adviser to the Lagos state governor on sports, Hon Deji Tinubu, declared the event open. The chairman of the Lagos state sports commission in his remarks appreciated the unique contribution of the proprietors of the school for the 5th edition of the inter house sports meet.
Chief Mary Onyali, the Special Guest of Honour, spoke to the children urging them to ensure they strive hard to achieve student-athlete scholarship like she did and ease the burden off their parents. Education and sports are two Siamese twins that you must always aspire to achieve at all times.
“When I was called to attend this event I was so excited because I knew I was going to be seeing children about the age I started sports. I see a miniature me. Inter house sports has died in many Nigerian schools, you are so lucky your school is doing the 5th edition. Take good advantage of this opportunity. Strive on excellence. You all can be bigger and better than me if you work so hard both in your sports and academics. I look forward to meeting you soon on the podium.”
Chiamaka Egbochiriam of Princeton College who participated in the 4x100m girls relay for her school, did so excellently well to have been called for a photo session with the former African record holder.
Chief Onyali said of Chiamaka, “I am not surprised she is a product of coach Deji Aliu. She showed a mark of a future African and global citizen in the short sprints. I wish she can get all the support to enable her bloom fast and quick. That is one great athlete in the making.”
One of the school’s athletes that did well in her events which attracted special commendation of Chief Onyali is Ojo Iyinoluwa of Green House who won the High jump junior girl event, 800m girls, 400m junior girls. “She is one great exceptional athlete who I forsee can rule the world in sports.”
Onyeka Onyebuchi of the Red house won the high jump junior boys, Koku Shola won the Discuss girls, Ibiwoye Oba-Taiwo of green house won the discuss boys.
Okwuosa Ijeoma (blue) won the shot put, Abiola David (Green) won the shot put boys, Ezenwa Nancy (blue house) won the javelin girls while Imodeme Judrich of Red house won the male category.
Omoregbe Benjamin won the 800m boys while Banjo Iyinoluwa of Yellow house won the 400m junior boys event and Onyejianya Adaeze of Yellow house won the female event of the quarter-mile.
Onuoha Clinton (yellow) won the 400m senior boys, whereas the 4x400m girls was won by the quartet of Ojo Iyinoluwa, Adesanmi Teniola, Kadiri Safa and Ezenwa Ebube of the green house.
In the 4x400m boys, the green house quartet that won the race are Soliu Ibrahim, Ibiwoye Taiwo, Odikasieme Chibueze and Omoregbe Benjamin.
In table tennis, Foresythe Kafayat of yellow house defeated Okafor Ifunaya of green house in the final while Adepoju Oni Adeyemi of red house defeated Soliu Ibrahim Adisa of green house in the final.
Some of the special guests at the event included the founder Chief (Dr) Mrs L. E. Fowler, the chairman of the school Mr Babatunde Fowler.
A director of the school, Mrs Irene Fowler, gave a very brilliant speech to the admiration of the people who attended the event. Her speech was a well crafted, professorial and elegant one.
Chairperson of the 5th inter house sports competition, Mrs Adebisi Adebowale-Esiri, in her comments said, “the successful completion of the competition and the quality of the athletes that participated was a special. We thank all those who made the event a great success.”