GAUA Donates To Sport Fund

    

The Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) – Legon Branch, has presented a cheque for Twenty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢20,000.00) to the University of Ghana Sport Fund during its end of year reception for its members at the ISSER Conference Facility grounds. The promulgation of the University of Ghana Sport Fund (UG-SF) has excited and moved individuals, groups and organisations to support the Fund. GAUA – Legon Branch, during its Annual General Meeting in March 2017 pledged to support this policy. Each member of GAUA paid One Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢100.00) in two instalments of Fifty Ghana Cedis (GH¢50.00) each.

A lot more individuals and organisations have so far contributed to the Fund since its inception.

The General Secretary for GAUA and Assistant Registrar at the Registrar’s Office Mrs. Barbara Blankson emphasized that the donation to the Fund was borne out of the desire to support talented student athletes of the University to ensure optimum development for the benefit of the University.

“GAUA’s exemplary gesture of donating to the UG Sport Fund is commendable. It is the Association’s expectation that the money will be used in providing the critical support needed by UG athletes to enable them focus on developing their sports talents for the benefit of UG.”

The Senior Assistant Registrar at the Pro Vice Chancellor’s (Academic and Student Affairs) Office, Mr. Benedict Fosu Adjei was delighted the Fund is now a reality and its timely intervention to help alleviate the woes student athletes go through in the University of Ghana.

I am very happy that The UG Sport Fund will address the unmet financial needs that can develop in a student-athlete’s life. I support the initiative and encourage my colleagues to support the Fund because it will assure student athletes that UG cares, and supports optimal combination of sports and academics. I hope the Fund will be expanded to attract more student athletes who can develop their potential like Anum, Gyan, Bisiu, Dodoo and many others.

 

The UG-SF is an initiative to motivate and support talented and needy student athletes of the University of Ghana, and to attract potential talents for admission into the University. So far eighteen (18) students have received full scholarship under the Fund in the 2017/2018 academic year. Among these student athletes admitted, six (6) are pursuing various degree programmes and twelve (12) reading Diploma courses.

Some beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the Sports Directorate and how important the UG-SF   is to their academic work and developing their talents on UG campus

“It is a privilege to be one of the beneficiaries of the UG-SF. This programme has given me an opportunity to further my education for free and to represent UG at competitions to show my talent. I am grateful to the Sports Directorate for the implementation of this policy. It has encouraged me to train the more to make UG proud.” – Naa Shika Adu, Tennis Athlete (BA Political Science and Sociology, Level 200)

“The UG-SF has enabled me to focus much better on my academics and training. I do not think about how my school fees will be paid any longer. I appreciate this support and in my opinion this will help attract more talented athletes to UG.” – Selasi Tamakloe, Basketball Athlete (Diploma in Public Administration, Final Year Student)

 

 

 

UG Places 3rd At 25th GUSA

UG PLACES 3RD AT 25TH GUSA GAMES

The University of Ghana (UG) came 3rd at the just ended 25th Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games hosted by University for Development Studies, Tamale from Thursday, 4th to Friday, 19th January, 2018.  The University was represented in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Goalball, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.

The competition for the 25th edition was under the theme Ghana at Sixty: The Role of Sports in National Development. It was under the auspices of the Vice-Chancellor for University for Development Studies Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye.

UG Excels in Racket Games

Team UG picked Gold medal in Badminton men singles and mixed doubles. The last time we achieved such a feat in the men singles was thirty eight years ago. This contributed in racking up

9 Gold, 13 Silver and 22 Bronze medals culminating in our 3rd position. The Sports Directorate’s investment in athletes through the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) and the University of Ghana Sport Fund (UG-SF) is yielding dividends for the University. UG-PAAS athletes selected for the competition in Tamale collected 92.6% of the 44 medals won by the University. 

 

This patient investment and very strategic method by the University not only ensures we perform on the fields and courts but also training an all-round athlete who is able to fit well into the world of work and beyond.

 

Athletes and Team Performance

In general, the athletes performed creditably well and exhibited sportsmanship on and off the fields and courts. Daniel Sam a Diploma student in the first year reading Youth Development who was admitted through UG-PAAS and UG-SF beneficiary ensured that the long wait of winning gold in Badminton men singles came to an end. Some breathtaking performances which came from our reigning African Best Basketball Male Team(The core of which is made up of UG-PAAS and UG-SF beneficiaries) ensured that we remain unbeaten since January 2016. UG Tennis team led by Japheth Bagerbaseh (beneficiary of UG-PAAS and  UG-SF) and Naa Shika Adu swept four gold medals in the men’s and women’s singles, women’s doubles and Team Event. They added a silver and bronze in the mixed doubles and men’s doubles respectively.

 

The future looks bright for UG with 59% of the athletes who represented us in Tamale in either level 100 or 200 students. This means that they will be available to compete in the next GUSA        competition in 2020 and beyond.

 

The Director of Sports, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu was pleased with the returns and the fact that a little over half the contingent were in their first and second year of studies in the University which is good for their experience.

 

“We are very happy with our performance considering the fact that most athletes who won are in level 100 and 200 and we’re on course to make them very competitive athletes in the near future. We do participate with other institutions on a rather uneven and unfair field but we’re really doing our best and we’re happy with our performance and we will continue to nurture talents and develop them to become holistic student athletes”

The Captain for UG Goalball Team Gerald Arhin Emmanuel shared his view on successfully retaining their gold medals both in the male and female categories won in 2016.

“We were very prepared that winning gold did not come as a surprise. There are a lot of good players still in school even after we leave and we have a very good coach who can train those who haven’t even heard of Goalball to excel in it so the Gold will not end with us leaving.”

 

Senior Members and UG Sports Ambassador Visits Team

Some senior members on the Sports Advisory Board, Sports Management Committee of the Sports Directorate, Dean of Student Affairs Professor Francis Nunoo and UG Sports Ambassador, Mr. Reks Brobby all visited the team in Tamale.

 

They inspired the athletes to strive for excellence in all their endeavours and maintain the good brand of the University. Professor Francis Nunoo also shared his experience as an athlete and cheer group member during his days as a student of UG.

 

Participating Institutions

Participating teams for this year’s GUSA Games were University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Ghana (UG), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).

 

The hosting right for the next GUSA games in 2020 was given to University of Ghana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUSA Camping Commences

     UG COMMENCE CAMPING AHEAD OF 25TH GUSA GAMES

About two hundred and seventy one student athletes have started camping ahead of the 25th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Competition to be hosted by University for Development Studies, Tamale. The camping which started on Sunday, 17th December, 2017 will end on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018. The contingent departs Legon on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2017 for the 25th GUSA Games which starts from Thursday, 4th to Friday, 19th January, 2018.

Disciplines

University of Ghana will be competing in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Goalball, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.

Participating Universities

Participating Universities are University of Ghana (UG), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UNER).  

                                                                                         

Preparation and Selection

Almost all the teams representing UG will be fine tuning their preparations as some enjoyed long spells of training sessions prior to the start of the semester’s examination. All the fields and courts will be buzzing with action as final selection of athletes for all disciplines will be announced before the Christmas break. Click here to see programme for camping and rules

PZ Cussons Donates to Sports Directorate

PZ Cussons Ghana has donated assorted products ranging from Camel Antiseptic Soaps, Camel Dettol, Carex Wipes and Nunu Milk to the Sports Directorate as part of incentives for  athletes for the upcoming GUSA games in UDS, Tamale.

Sports Directorate welcomes Athletes

The Sports Directorate welcomed the athletes to camp ahead of a busy training schedule in the next two weeks. The Director of Sports Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu in his address advised the athletes to be of good behaviour, disciplined and obedient to their Coaches and Staff of the Directorate. He reiterated again the need to follow the channel of communication especially during this period.

The Assistant Registrar of the Sports Directorate Mrs Regina Afari Boateng reemphasized the need for all and sundry to protect the reputation of the University built over the years. She stressed that they should not panic whenever they take to the Courts and Fields to compete against other Universities.

Health Education by University of Ghana Health Services

                                        

The harsh weather conditions at Tamale (host city of the competition) and its associated health implications notably meningitis called for health education by the University of Ghana Health Services to the contingent making the trip. This initiative by the Sports Directorate is partly due to meningitis and influenza type A – H1N1 cases reported in some second cycle schools.

The Director of the University of Ghana Health Service Dr. C.K. Amenuveve and Dr. Ekua Ofue highlighted the possible diseases in such a harsh weather. She explained what meningitis is, the risk factors, how it is transmitted, the symptoms and the treatment.  She advised that the symptoms of meningitis can sometimes mimic other diseases and therefore its very important to report any ill feeling to a Medical Officer for swift medical attention.

Dr. C.K. Amenuveve assured the contingent of vaccinating everyone against meningitis before departure to Tamale, provide leaflets on the disease and assign a Medical Officer to accompany the contingent.

The contingent will also have sessions with a Psychologist and Nutritionist while in camp.

Coverage

There will be live updates on Sports Directorate’s social media handles (Facebook: @sportsug, Twitter & Instagram: sports_ug) and periodic updates on its website www.sports.ug.edu.gh.com. Radio Univers 105.7 and other sister radio stations will also cover the camping and inform the University community and the general public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UG Makes History At WUDC

UG MAKES HISTORY AT WUDC 2018

The University of Ghana Debate Society in its third appearance at the World Universities Debate Championships (WUDC) 2018 in Mexico made the university and the nation proud by reaching the Semi-finals of Public Speaking. The first by any Ghanaian representing a tertiary institution from Ghana. The competition was held from Wednesday, 27th December, 2017 to Thursday, 4th January, 2018.

University Of Ghana Contingent

Miss Paye Sandra Adoma, a level 300 Philosophy and Information Studies student and Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi, also in level 200 reading Pharmacy, represented the University and were accompanied by Debate Coach Antonio Edem Asinyo and Mr. Michael Owusu Ansah, a Principal Accountant at the Finance Directorate of the University and also a sports management committee member, the leader of delegation.

Jeremiah makes History

Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi who was adjudged the 2nd Best Public Speaker at the recent Student Representative Council Debate Championship held in October 2017 made the University and Ghana proud by making it to the Semi-finals of the Championship. It is refreshing to note that he was the only African in the Quarter finals and Semi-finals stage of Public Speaking.

An elated Jeremiah expressed his thoughts;

“The Public Speaking competition was a breath of fresh air as opposed to the adrenaline-filled debate tournament. It gave me that urge of true expression of thought and humour in connection to a human audience. This perspective of Public Speaking, which was taught me by former champions in the Debate Society, was the unique element that enabled me to proceed to the Semi-finals of the competition.”

He added that breaking 12th in the Semi-finals of the WUDC Public Speaking was much more than a personal achievement - “it was an appreciation of the support given me by the Sports Directorate and the entire Debate Society.”

UG Drops in Debate Ranking

The pair Sandra and Jeremiah could not replicate and continue the fine form of their predecessors in the Debate competition in the two previous championships.

After nine (9) preliminary rounds of competitive debate the team emerged with 10 out 27 points and a tab ranking of 257. Three less points from what we acquired at The Hague in 2017 and dropping 43 positions in the ranking. The university of Ghana debate team is currently ranked 257 from a previous 214.

Miss Paye Sandra Adoma though disappointed at the performance was still happy at the wealth of experience she had and what it means to UG Debate Society.

“We did our best as a team and I am happy at the new experience I have got. We are also grateful of the support of the Sports Directorate and the Debate Society because it gave us the opportunity to better appreciate the complexities and dynamics of the Worlds Tournament. We aspire to move higher to make the University of Ghana proud in subsequent championships.”

 Recognition for Ghana

The World Debate Council approved Ghana’s membership Category D and voting right (I vote) due to University of Ghana’s participation in three World Debate Championship in Malaysia 2015, The Hague in 2017 and Mexico 2018. Ghana thus becomes the second country in Africa (South Africa on a category A with 4 votes) to have the right to vote on the council.

In addition, Antonio Edem Asinyo Debate Coach for UG was appointed to the Equity Committee of the Championship with China, Mexico and Qatar. The first for an African.

Antonio Edem Asinyo remarked that despite this awesome leap, much has to be done to improve upon the performances of UG. He reserved special mention for Mr. Michael Owusu Ansah for guiding the team through the process and their stay in Mexico.

The Championship was won by Harvard University, United States of America. The next WUDC will be hosted by University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UGDS For Mexico 2018

UG DEBATE SOCIETY LEAVES FOR WORLD UNIVERSITIES DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The University of Ghana will be represented by two students from the UG Debate Society at the World University Debate Championship (WUDC) in Mexico from Wednesday, 27th December, 2017 to Thursday, 4th January, 2018.

This will be the third appearance of University of Ghana and the only University from Ghana to participate in WUDC. The first was in Malaysia 2015 where we ranked 269. Subsequently at The Hague in the Netherlands in 2017 we were ranked 214.

The World Universities Debating Championship also called ‘Worlds’ or WUDC is an annual competition among debate societies of all universities in the world. It is designed to determine the best of the best in international English language debating. The WUDC has been held annually since 1981. Every year the WUDC takes place in a different country and is hosted by a different university and by different debate societies. The tournament gathers students from prestigious universities around the globe, featuring over 400 teams from around 90 countries.

 

Format

The tournament lasts a week filled with the best level of debate rounds in the world. The debates employ the British Parliamentary (BP) format in which four teams compete against each other on two opposite positions on a given motion, which is announced fifteen minutes before every debate. The competition is run in nine rounds under a Swiss-system where teams of a similar level face off against each other, until the best forty-eight break to the direct elimination rounds. The best English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) teams enter their own elimination rounds.

 

Preparation

 Under the tutelage of veteran Coach and arguably one of the finest Debaters to grace University Debate on the African Continent, Mr. Antonio Edem Asinyo is putting the Team in the best of shapes.  The Team started training about a month and a half ago and looks poise to improve our ranking of 214 at The Hague.   

Mr. Asinyo opined that their work is cut out for them and the onus lies on them to continue the impressive work done in the previous two editions.

“It is important to note that our performance at the world’s stage has been progressive and as the Coach it is my primary responsibility to improve the standard of UG with respect to Debate and that I am committed to.”

He expressed his appreciation to the University through the Sports Directorate for their immense support of the sport.

Team Optimistic of making Partial Octofinals

                                                                          

 

Miss Paye Sandra Adoma, a level 300 Philosophy and Information Studies student, and Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi, also in level 200 reading Pharmacy, representing the University shared the feeling of competing at this level and the optimism of a better performance;

“Participation in the WUDC is the height of experience and challenge for a Debater. Knowing this, we have been training quite vigorously for the tournament. We believe strongly that our preparations will earn us a place in the Partial Octofinals, which would be the highest any team in Ghana has reached.”

The team will be led by Mr. Michael Owusu Ansah, a Principal Accountant at the Finance Directorate of the University.

 

We wish Team UG well.