Liquid Sports Ghana in partnership with Cowbell Milk and Ethiopian Airlines has hosted an awe inspiring second of its kind event dubbed “Making it Happen,” at the Labone Senior High School to encourage students to combine their schooling and sports to achieve their goals in life.
Given the cast of experienced speakers and the interactive nature of the event, the two hour session provided the students a fascinating insight into how sports can become the catalyst to achieve their goals in life.
In a speech, Madame Efua Acheampong, the Assistant Headmistress Administration of the Labone S.H.S. reflected upon the benefits of the programme, saying the seminar was “an eye opener.”
“This programme, “Making it Happen”, is an eye opener. We have stayed in Labone and we think we are on our own but today, we have known that things are happening elsewhere,” she told a filled to capacity school Assembly Hall on Thursday, 19th May, 2016.
“From all the submissions, we now know that sports is a very important discipline. We should not joke with it.”
The first speaker, Ghana and Western Kentucky University student Emmanuel Dasor, stressed on the need for students to be serious with their studies and to combine sports and academics. According to him, that is how he managed his career before securing a student-athlete scholarship to study in a renowned American University.
His words was re-echoed by U.K. based Ghanaian judoka Szandra Szogedi who spoke about the need to focus in life to achieve ones goals in a video presentation.
Ghana’s first para cyclist and Rio 2016 Paralympic qualifier Alem Mumuni said that without education he couldn’t have made it this far in his career. He told the gathering that education and determination has brought him thus far.
Ghanaian para powerlifter Charles Narh Teye, a double amputee, said he twice lost his job when his employers realised he was using prosthetic limbs but still managed to make it in life due to his education. Now, the General Manager of Pulse Fitness, a gymnasium based in Accra, he asked the students never to give up their dreams no matter what happens to them in life.
There were also detailed presentations by Ghana’s first weightlifter to have competed at the Olympics, Alberta Ampomah, and national taekwondo player Terrance Tetteh Asare who each spoke about their desire to take part in sports and the benefits that has accrued to them in time.
Alberta was adamant that women can participate in sports and still live normal lives despite misconceptions about the effects of sports on the lives of young women.
On his part, Terrance Tetteh Asare said it is possible to do a lot of things in life with time management.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Rubem Amaral threw light on the pending Rio 2016 Olympics and the preparations that is ongoing. He ended by also saying that students should combine sports with their studies if they are to enjoy life.
The Embassy of Japan’s representatives, Mr. Masashi Iida, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan and Mr. Kato (JICA Volunteer Baseball Coach), talked about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, stressing on sports having a part to change the world.
They explained that since the next Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan has already started preparing towards it. They added that since the Labone S.H.S. has a baseball field, students at Labone should take advantage of the field and become the first to be trained in baseball in Ghana.
The Director of Sports at the University of Ghana Legon, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu summarised by saying that sports has the power to empower. He added that sport has made people to become stars, that sports enriches, sports is a time manager and it makes one focused and responsible.
The presentations by the sports icons threw a lot of responses from the students with questions ranging from how to cope with discouragement from participation in sports, misconceptions about the participation of women in sports and how disabled athletes survive stigmatization and ostracisation from society.
For the over 500 students, national sports icons, sports administrators, journalists, teachers and officials who attended the seminar, many left the event with a feeling of satisfaction and inspiration to make the right decisions in life and make the most of the educational opportunities that come their way.
The participants at the event were all refreshed by Cowbell Milk.
Source: Liquid Sports');