The 23rd annual inter house sports competition which took place at Atlantic Hall Poka in Epe, Lagos State, did not only encourage sportsmanship in the young ones but also offered opportunity for parents, guests, lovers of sports amongst others to witness spectacular athletics performances of calisthenics, march past, relay races, high jump and other events as the Nigerian Military Band was on ground to add glamour to the march past.
The Chairman Atlantic Hall Education Trust Council Ms. Lola Aboderin said the annual inter house sports is a special day for parents to cheer their children who are doing very well in various sports. She noted that sports is about teamwork, trust and responsibilities, getting along with one another to achieve a common goal. Aboderin however urged the parents to go beyond cheering their children by participating in the parents’ race.
On his part, the chairman of the occasion Captain Adedayo Awobokun used the medium to advise parents on the need to encourage sports among their children, noting that sports and education if well balanced will help in the academic and mental development of students.
He said diseases such as high blood pressure and other illnesses could be eliminated when one inculcate sports in daily activities.
Speaking on sports development, the Principal of Atlantic Hall, Mr. Andrew Jedras, called on government to encourage sports development at both private and public schools in order to breed more talents. Jedras said that investment in sports is not a waste because it provides something tangible for both the youths irrespective of their backgrounds or where they come from, adding, “if they got natural ability in sports and have the opportunity to develop it, they would be successful not only for themselves, families or communities but for the country, Nigeria.”