Athletics Review

 

 

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.

General Performance

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

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.

Spectatorship

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  

Awards

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.

Closing Ceremony

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.

 

 

 

GUSA CROSS COUNTRY

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA FOR GOLD AT TARKWA

The Cross Country team of University of Ghana will depart Accra for University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Tarkwa in the Western Region on Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 to compete in the 22nd  Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Cross Country Competition from Thursday, 2nd to Sunday, 5th November, 2017.

The competition is organized under the distinguished patronage of Professor J.S.Y. Kuma, Vice-Chancellor of UMAT. Competing 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 Contingent- TEAM UG

The athletes representing the University were all drawn from the various Halls, who participated at this year’s UG Inter-Hall Cross Country held on 7th October, 2017. These men and women have gone through their pace and the necessary drills needed to win the trophy again after two years of trying. The 54th UG TOTAL Inter-Hall Athletics which ended on Friday, 27th October, 2017 served as an additional impetus for the athletes to fine tune their sharpness and readiness for the competition this week.

The Captain of the Team Laurent Gadoose, a final year student reading Social Work was hopeful of the team writing their name in gold at the end of the competition

“As a team we are ready for this competition. We are well conditioned, focused and determined to write our names in the good books of this University. We will continue to fight to reclaim the trophy we relinquished to UCC in 2015 at Winneba.”

Team UG Optimistic of Victory

Mr. William Akuka a well accomplished veteran in this competition and also the Cross Country Coach is pleased with his team. He averred that the team is young and full of potential and energy to make the University proud.

Click here to see Team UG

 

 

 

UG Stadium To Host...

UG STADIUM TO HOST 54TH UG TOTAL INTER-HALL ATHLETICS COMPETITION

It is yet another year where student athletes anxiously seek to break and shutter records and win the coveted trophy for their respective Halls of residence in the oldest sports competition on University of Ghana (UG) campus – UG Inter-Hall Athletics Competition.

The event will take place for the first time ever at the UG Stadium from this Wednesday, 25th to Friday, 27th October, 2017, at 2:00 pm each day. Athletes from all the residential halls on campus, City Campus and Distance will participate. The 54th edition of the UG Inter-Halls Athletics Competition is being sponsored by Total Ghana Limited.

Invited Dignitaries

The competition which is under the theme “Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth Empowerment through University Sports” will begraced by Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (Vice-Chancellor), Professor Kwame Offei (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs (ASA)), The Registrar (UG),Prof. Francis Nunoo (Dean of Student Affairs), members of Sports Directorate Management Committee, members of University of Ghana Sports Advisory Board, Management of the various Halls, Student Sports Council (SSC) and the Executives of Students’ Representative Council (SRC). Other invited guests include UG Sports Ambassador and Patrons and Mr. Saka Acquaye (Deputy Director, Technical, National Sports Authority).

 

The competition will be under the patronage of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, ASA, Professor Samuel Kwame Offei who is the Chairman of the University of Ghana Sports Advisory Board.

 

Mr Henry Nii Sackey (Head Coach, UG Sports Directorate) expressed the importance of using the stadium and the impetus it will give the athletes in their quest to perform better.

 

“The ground at the Athletic Oval has become very hard which is not conducive for the health of athletes hence the switch to use the Stadium. The effect of running on tartan track will give them an easy run which could improve their performance and their time. It will also afford them the platform to be acquainted with the terrain of competing on a tartan track ahead of the Ghana Universities Sports Association Games to be held in Tamale in January 2018.”

 

Mr. Clenard Adayina Bawa a Sports Organiser at the Sports Directorate averred that the necessary logistics are all in place to ensure the competition becomes better than previous years. He added that all stakeholders are prepared and ready for the event. Click here to see the programme

 

Prizes

There will be medals for the 1st to 3rd positions in each event as well as a trophy for the overall winning Hall, Best male and female athletes and the Most Promising athlete.

 

Total Ghana Supports Athletics



TOTAL GHANA SUPPORTS 54TH UG INTER-HALL ATHLETICS COMPETITION

The University of Ghana Sports Directorate has received support from Total Ghana Limited for the 54th Inter-Hall Athletics Competition scheduled for Wednesday, 25th to Friday, 27th October 2017 at the UG Main Stadium.

The Oil company presented a cheque of Twenty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢20, 000.00) to the University of Ghana Sports Directorate, organizers of the competition on Tuesday, 17th October, 2017 at the premises of the Sports Directorate.

The Human Resource Director at Total Ghana Limited, Mr. Bright Dokosi was elated to have such collaboration with the premier University in Ghana.

“We are glad to partner UG Sports Directorate for this year’s Inter-Hall Athletics Competition. It is our aim to be on board for future activities of the Sports Directorate and as well to be seen much more on the campus of UG.”

Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu (Director of Sports, UG) on behalf of the Management of UG and of Sports Directorate thanked Total Ghana Limited for approving such a support. He was glad the Directorate for the second consecutive year has received support from cooperate Ghana for the UG Inter-Hall Athletics Competition.

“We are happy to receive further sponsorship this year from Total Ghana. We will as much as possible try to open up new ways of funding and managing sports, especially University sports. We are excited this deal went through and we look forward to a great competition.”

He invited all and sundry to come and cheer students of UG as well as fraternize with them.

  

The Assistant Registrar of the Sports Directorate, Mrs. Regina Afari Boateng also expressed excitement at the partnership.

“We are very grateful to Total Ghana for this donation. The relationship has started well, which actually began during the Total Solar Lamp 5km Race. We hope the relationship will not end with this exercise but we will continue to collaborate on different fronts for our mutual benefits”.

Total Ghana received the 2016 Best Customer Service and 2016 Best Brand (Environment / Safety) during the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) Ghana Awards.

 

Present at the ceremony were the Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu (Director of Sports, UG), Mrs. Regina Afari Boateng (Assistant Registrar, Sports Directorate), Mr. Bright Dokosi (Human Resource Director at Total Ghana Limited), some Staff members of Total Ghana Limited and Staff of the Sports Directorate

 

Joseph and Charlotte Win Cross Country

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND UG-PAAS ATHLETE SHINE AT 2017 UG INTER-HALL CROSS COUNTRY

Yes! Once again the mother has given birth to a magnificent child who brought glory to her people on Saturday, 7th October, 2017 in the 54th UG Inter-Hall Cross Country Competition. This magnificent child Mr. Joseph Mensah a former student of Prempeh College and beneficiary of the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) came first in the male category of the Cross Country Competition. His splendid performance helped Commonwealth Hall to retain the trophy they won last academic year. An international student from Occidental College, USA, who is currently studying Chemistry and Computer Science at UG, Ms. Charlotte Cullip led Volta hall to win the female category.

Participating Halls

In the female category, a total of four Halls (Legon, Akuafo, Mensah Sarbah and Volta Halls) were represented by teams. The male category consisted of all the traditional halls represented by teams (Legon, Akuafo, Mensah Sarbah and Commonwealth Halls) with Bani Hall and Distance Education participating with an Athlete each.

Female Category

The female 8km race was nothing short of exciting. Volta Hall came first with maximum points of 37 with Akuafo placing second on 68 points. Mensah Sarbah was third with 92 points. Charlotte Cullip of Volta Hall was the first to appear on the winning stretch winning the individual ranking with a time of 35 minutes 59 seconds.

Male category

The battle for supremacy was very fierce in the male 12km race. Joseph Mensah of Commonwealth Hall stunned the crowd as he appeared on the winning stretch with well over 400m gap from the 2nd person. His impressive time of 38 minutes 46 seconds helped Commonwealth Hall to finish first with 29 points. The 2nd and 3rd positions were Mensah Sarbah and Legon Halls with total points of 77 and 122 respectively.

An elated Joseph Mensah expressed his opinion on the competition;

It was a very tough race and I must give thanks to God for making this possible. I hadn’t trained in a while after SHS and this resulted in an injury during training, which dimmed my confidence but the guidance and encouraging words from the Cross Country Coach William Akuka kept me going. I believed I could do the 12km after the training sessions and I must say I am very proud of myself for winning first place in my first try as an undergraduate at UG. I know I can do better and will continue training non-stop this time around to win the GUSA games for Legon and I hope to continue improving and take it to the national level and make Ghana proud.”

Click here to see Team and Individual results

The Cross Country Coach, Mr. Williams Akuka was pleased with the performance he saw and is very sure of improving the results of UG at the 2017 GUSA Cross Country to be held at University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa on November 4, 2017. He expressed his opinion on the competition.

“My top athletes were not in prime form for this year’s competition due to various reasons, however the times and pace I saw were still impressive. I saw great potential as soon as I started training Joseph.  I took him through the right training and encouraged him to run and get a placement. He is a very strong man who does not give up and I wasn’t surprised at his position. I am optimistic and have very high hopes for this year’s GUSA Cross Country at Tarkwa.”

Prizes

The best three halls and the best athlete for both male and female categories were presented with medals.

Dignitaries Present

The event saw some dignitaries present among them were some members of University of Ghana Sports Advisory Board, members of the Sports Directorate Management Committee, Management of the various Halls of Residence and avid students and supporters.

Team UG

Thirteen (13) athletes each from both categories were selected to train for final selection for Team UG at the GUSA Cross Country to be held at University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa in November, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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