UNIVERSITY OF GHANA ATHLETES LIGHT UP UG STADIUM
The curtains of the 54th University of Ghana (UG) TOTAL Inter-Hall Athletics were drawn down and it was Commonwealth Hall who won swept away most of the gold medals and going on to win the overall trophy.
The event which came off at the UG Stadium was organised by the UG Sports Directorate under the patronage of Professor Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs). It took place from the Wednesday, 25th to 27th October 2017 under the theme “Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth Empowerment through University Sports”.
This year’s event had seventeen teams participating for honours. The participating teams from the Halls of residence were Akuafo Hall, Alexander Kwapong Hall, African Union Hall, Bani Hall, Commonwealth Hall, Dr. H. Limann Hall, Elizabeth Sey Hall, Jean Nelson Aka Hall, James Topp Nelson Yankah Hall, Jubilee Hall/International Student Hostel, Legon Hall, Mensah Sarbah Hall, United Nations Hall and Volta Hall. Additionally Distance Education and Accra City Campus also formed part of 17 participating teams.
This year’s performances were very impressive as records were broken. Remarkably in the female category was Akuafo Hall breaking Legon Hall record of 52.56 seconds in the 4x100m set in 2016 to set a new time of 51.44 seconds. Godfred Kpodo a level 100 student and a beneficiary of University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) broke Louis Gamor’s 2016 record in Pole Vault which stood at 2.95 meters to set a new one of 3.00 meters. Click here to see the winners of all the events.
Dignitaries who attended this year’s event included the Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (Vice-Chancellor, UG), Mr. Reks Brobby (UG Sports Ambassador), Dr. Daniel Mckorley (UG Honourary Sports Patron), some management members of TOTAL Ghana Limited,members of the University of Ghana Sports Advisory Board, members of the Sports Directorate Management Committee, management members from the various Halls and Students.
Support and participation was a vast improvement upon previous competitions. The Stadium was charged with avid fans from the various Halls of residence who sang and ‘charged’ their fellow student athletes to go the extra mile to make them proud. One of such fan described the atmosphere as “electrifying and outstanding. I think the Sports Directorate’s decision to shuttle students to and from the stadium for the event was laudable and we commend them for this initiative.”
Minute Silence Observed for GUSA President
A minute silence was observed on the Day 2 of the competition for Professor Joseph Ogah the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) President, who passed away on Thursday, 26th October, 2017
The Sports Directorate provided medals to all first to third positions in all events. Commonwealth Hall won the trophy for the second year running. They won the male event with a total of 231 points while Akuafo Hall won the female category by a whopping 171 points 58 points better than Mensah Sarbah Hall. Overall, Commonwealth and Volta Hall emerged champions of the 54th University of Ghana TOTAL Inter-Hall Athletics with a total point of 292 points. Click here to see the final results.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Director of Sports who was also the Competition Director Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu congratulated the athletes for the sterling performance they put up throughout the three days and also the vociferous fans who cheered them on. He brought the competition to a close due to the threatening rain.