It was a moment of sporting dramas and acrobatic displays by the king’s College athletes as the college holds her 99th annual inter-house sports and athletics competition at the college’s 1500 capacity sports pavilion last weekend.
PEPLNews reports that the annual competition which is geared towards developing grass root talents follows its usual trail as athletic performances and other events added up to the colouration of the day.
The Inter-House Sports had the Harmans House as the Green House, Hyde Johnson Red House, McWright Yellow House and the Panes, Blue House all tussling in the various relay races and dramatic match past.
In his remarks, the principal, King’s college, Mr Kolawole Isaac pointed out that sports is key in the overall development of the students in King’s college.
”Here in king’s College, sports is an integral part of the total education of our students,” we believe in, ‘build the man, build the body.”
Mr kolawole added that the annual sports arrangement in King’s college would not only encourage grass-root talents but will also ensure a good future for Nigeria.
The Unity College product and ‘multi-talented’ KC enjoined the government to focus on catching the young talents for the development of the country adding that sports is a ‘skill and cardiovascular endurance.’
The Director Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Lami Amodu representing the permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, told PEPLNews in an interview that ‘we want to encourage all our youths.’
Taking us back memory lane, Dr Amodu chronicled: “In 1920, internal sports began in King’s College and since then, through the decades, lots of talents have been produced who have also represented the school in diverse sports capacities both home and abroad. Most multimillionaire men and women have made it through sports.’’
Dr Lami urged the youths to constantly maximize the limited resources available within the country to showcase their innate talents. She added that sports is a promoter of healthy rivalry and international peace, an integral part of formal education which builds mentally and physically hence, the “inclusion of Physical and Health Education in the curriculum of the Basic and Secondary level by the National Policy on Education.”
“For me, King’s college has been an important part of my development. We in king’s College were brought up to be leaders of the country, that’s why KC was set up actually,” the secretary King’s College Old Boys Association, Ayo Eso revealed during an interview with media men.
Ayo added that the annual inter-house sports has affected lives and evoked sportsmanship among old and current students in their various endeavours.
Some of the invited schools at the competition include: Queen’s College, Federal Government College Ijaniki, St. Gregory College, Air Force Secondary School, International School Unilag, Baptist Academy, Eko Boys High School, C.M.S Grammar School, Methodist Girl’s High School, Igbobi College, Corona School, White Sand and many others.