Austin Stephen made history as he emerged the winner of the first edition of the Eko U15 Secondary School Tennis Championship on Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere.
Stephen defeated Ayoola Micheal in two straight sets, with both players displaying high level of intelligence that had the capacity crowd cheering every move and it was not surprising that they were both drafted into the Lagos State Junior Tennis team.
The final game was preceded by two exhibition matches between the Under 15 girls who would be part of the second edition, and the Adults were not left behind as the Chairman of the Lagos State Sport Writers Association (SWAN) Fred Edoreh also played an exhibition match with a Member of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.
The Special guest of Honor Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi poured encomiums on Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye, the Senior Special Assistant on Sports to the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, for organising a successful championship .
Speaking with journalists at the event the DG Lagos State Sports commission Mr. Ayo Agbesanwa called on other states in the country to emulate Lagos State especially in the area youth empowerment, stating that sports should be used as a veritable tool for keeping the youths of the country positively engaged.
The chief organiser of the championship, Adeboye thanked the sponsors, Winners Golden Bet for supporting the event while also calling on other Nigerian companies to join the Lagos State government in taking sports to the next level.
Adeboye promised to make the competition an annual event, while revealing that his office would be organising similar “Catch them young events” in several other sports this year.