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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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