*Africa International College also in the fray
*Gets Baseball & Softball training programmes
By Oluwole Francis
Nigeria’s first athlete to attend five Olympic Games back to back, Chief Mary Onyali, will be the Guest of Honour at the joint 12th inter house sports meet of Africa Community School and Africa International College in Abuja on Saturday the 3rd March.
The former Commonwealth and African record holder is looking forward to motivate the students of the two schools who must rise to take position amongst the new one million children and youths we are working with to position our nation in the nearest future. I am thrilled to be their guest and want to share honours with the winners and challenging those who do not win to work harder.
According to Mrs. Favour Kelechukwu-Brown who is College Public Relations Officer, “the meet will be featuring 100m, 4x100m relay, invitational relay by invited schools, 4x100m mixed relays (for staffers and students);
She added that, there are some special features to add gaiety to the day which includes tug of war, fitness race, staff race, parents race, special recognition and award.
In their comments, some of the outstanding athletes spoke about their expectations of the day. Tabele Zama said, “I want to thank the school authorities for inviting such a legend we have been hearing her name to our school. I am looking forward to taking a selfie with her at the event.”
Emmanuel Eleayo said, “combining sports and academics had created so much fun for me as a person. I am so elated at all times to be able to work with people to achieve some level of excellence. I am looking forward to the next event.”
Joba Malomo quipped “I am waiting for Mary Onyali. I am waiting to not just touch her but even take a picture with her. I have read so much about her feats. I want to thank the school authorities for bringing such a great Nigerian with international stature. It only means we have a long way to go to either be like her or be better than her.”
Idara Ntekpere submitted, “my school is definitely the best in Nigeria. We have a model to copy not by seeing her on television but being able to touch her, feel her and tell her that in a short while, ‘I will be better than all you have achieved.’ Me, that is what I want to tell her and work to achieve.”
Jedidah Timothy said: “thanks to all the people who designed the idea to bring a former Olympian. Not just an Olympian but a five time Olympian! Wow! We will be so motivated. Certainly, this is a great thought.”
Kingsley Vera is of the perspective that there is a big shine to this year’s event with the presence of Mary Onyali. I want to also have a personal photo session with her and also do well in the events I will be competing in. As a school champion, I need to have a handshake with another bigger champion. Only champions should relate with champions. You understand what I mean?”
Chief Mary Onyali, the Executive Director (Technical) of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI), will clock the golden jubilee of 50 years on the 7th March, has gotten approval for the two schools to become the second centre in Abuja to have a second community development support. They will enjoy formal training in Baseball and Softball.
Principals of the school, Joy Otuchere of the Africa Community School, and Mike Salazar for the Africa International College have been working round the clock to ensure that the sports project is well delivered to the admiration of the students and their parents.