Green House at the weekend put up fantastic performances to emerge overall winners of the seventh biennial inter-house sports competition of Headstart Private School.
The house attained won 16 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals to beat Red House to the second position with 15 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze. Blue House took the third position with 14 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze medals, while Yellow House came fourth with 11 gold, 17 bronze and 16 bronze medals.
Speaking at the event, the proprietor of the School, Mrs. Udenwa Obi noted that the inter-house sports competition was organized to encourage the students discover their talents in sports, while pursuing their educational career.
“The sports competition has been designed to help discover and nurture the innate potentials of our children as sports is an integral part of physical development which encourages healthy competition and promotes the spirit of sportsmanship.
“We are aware of this, and have been integrated sports into our school activities to give you an round physically and mentally developed child,” she said.
She expressed happiness that students of the school have been doing well in sporting activities, adding, “the biennial inter-house sporting activity is part of the school’s commitment to discover young talents and groom them to continue giving their best in their chosen careers and talents especially in sports, and we are happy with their performance and interest.’’
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Rasheed Balogun in his remarks restated the need for a balance between academics and extracurricular activities, especially sports, which he described as ‘very necessary’ since it allows children compete and discover their talents.
“Sport is quintessential in our daily lives and for good upbringing of the child as it teaches us to get along and work together for a common goal. It further teaches trust and responsibility as well as success and failures, it teaches how to cope with pressure and inculcate in individuals the need to stick to training for improvement and development”, he reiterated.
Some of the winners, who spoke to The Guardian, expressed their gratitude for their feats, while others pledged to put in more effort to win in the next edition.
Miss Ifunanya Ajero, a primary three pupil in Red House, who won four gold medals in the competition, expressed her joy at her performance, noting that hardwork and constant training ensured her victory.
She thanked the school for providing the enabling environment for students and pupils of the school to excel both in their academics and sports.