Federal Ministry of Sports secures scholarship for two secondary school athletes

first_imgRelatedPosts Saraki to Kwara Governor: Call those encroaching my land led by your SA to order FG hails Kwara Governor over social investment programme No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development has secured scholarship for two athletes from Anambra State, who were discovered at the last National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State. Kola Daniel, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja. Daniel said the development was a result of the resolve by the Minister to unearth hidden sports talents across the country. He said this was in order to grow and nurture them to take over from the older ones at the right time. He said: “The scholarship is a dividend of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the ministry and the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges in October 2019. “The MoU is worth N2.6 million and will ensure some of the athletes discovered at the Games are able to further their education while still engaging in sports.” Daniel explained that the athletes were picked from the Anambra State contingent at the 2019 NYG. “Four out of the 20 athletes nominated for the scholarship programme from Anambra, in company of their coach, Akachukwu Igwebuike, a two-time gold medalist in javelin at the international level, were put through physical and practical trials, as well as oral screening,” Daniel said. He said it was from this group that Dike Mmaduabuchi (long jump/high jump) and Gabriel Chidera (shot put/discus) have now secured scholarship to the NTIC. Daniel added: “It is worthy of note that during the course of the screening programme, over 240 footballers were also nominated for the scholarship. “Three footballers of Anambra descent made the final list of which the captain of Team Anambra at the 5th NYG, Okafor Anthony, was among the lucky recipients.”Tags: Anambra StateFederal Ministry of Youths and Sports DevelopmentIlorinKwara Statelast_img read more

Women’s water polo dominates weekend tournament

first_imgTwelve Trojans scored in the first game of the doubleheader as USC, which holds a record of 8-0, beat Concordia uncontested 21-0. It was a well-rounded attack: Freshman 2-meter Mireia Guiral led the team with 4 points, while freshmen utility Bayley Weber, 2-meter Tilly Kearns, freshman driver Alejandra Aznar, sophomore driver Sabrina Garabet and junior utility Maud Megens all finished the game with multiple goals. “As a goalie, it’s really important to run the defense as best as I can because I can see things as they go on from a better angle [than the other players] can, so I make myself talk and be vocal the whole time so that I’m occupied,” Longan said. Thirteen Trojans scored in the victory, led by Anzar with 4 points. Sophomore driver Verica Bakoc, Hauschild, Megens, Guiral, freshman driver Grace Tehaney and sophomore driver Kari Jensen also scored multiple times. Junior driver Elise Stein, Weber, Mammolito, McIntosh, Rozolis-Hill and Kearns notched points as well. Junior driver Denise Mammolito, sophomore driver Paige Hauschild, junior driver Kelsey McIntosh, freshman 2-meter Julia Rozolis-Hill, freshman utility Claire Haas and freshman driver Sophia Lucas all contributed points as well. The Trojans continued their strong momentum on both offense and defense in the second game of the day, securing a 23-0 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. “There were a few passes that we made that weren’t great, and at times we forced things, but for the most part, I think that we made the right decisions and executed,” she said. USC’s 21-0 rout over Concordia Saturday marked senior goalie Amanda Longan’s fourth career shutout. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) Although the Trojans dominated in both games, Longan said that they can always find ways to improve their performance. “I think something for us that we did better that we hadn’t in previous games is we communicated more, which is big especially for the younger players to use their voices,” Longan said. “That way, when [Coach Vavic] would call something, we were all on the same page, so everything functioned like a system should.” The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team maintained its undefeated streak at the CBU Mini Invitational in Riverside on Saturday with two shutout victories against Concordia University and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Mammolito said the team could bring more attention to its decision-making during games. “I think adjusting to switch ups so when we call something, and then the other team counters that with something a little trickier [could be improved],” she said. “Making that adjustment faster is something we could do better.” USC was successful at implementing the defenses they have been working on in practice and also pushing the counter attack and finishing high opportunity shots, according to Mammolito. Junior goalie Holly Parker manned the net with five saves, securing her first career shutout. Longan said communication was also key in the two victories on Saturday. Senior goalie Amanda Longan anchored the Trojan defense with nine saves. The game marked Longan’s fourth career shutout. The Trojans stay in home waters this week in an exhibition game to take on the Chinese national team, which some members of the USC women’s team have trained with in the past. The game will be played on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more