By our team
Twaha Oduwa formerly of Busitema primary school and Aisha Byakatonda of Riverside High School won the scholarships during the UOC-Olympafrica competitions held at General Francis Were Nyangweso Olympafrica Youth Centre in Busia.
The General Nyangweso Youth Centre is a regional sports Centre of excellence in Eastern region and UOC president William Blick has urged government to set up more in other regions.
“Such centers country wide would give opportunities to the youth to participate in sports develop their talents also win other opportunities such as scholarships,” Blick added.
Students Twaha Oduwa and Aisha Byakatonda emerged the best participants last year in the activities that included athletics 30m sprint, 100m sprint, 200m, 400m, 800m ,12-minute cooper test, art drawing focused on WADA and general knowledge on Olympic values.
Byakatonda said that money has relieved her parents of tuition fees burden at least for a year.
“I’m very happy to get this money. It has morale boosted me to continue participating in sports and train harder besides reading my books at school,” said the S1 student at Riverside high school.
Meanwhile Blick also opened a three-day workshop for sports coaches as a way of capacity building social development.
The workshop will have coaches empowered with knowledge to train athletes not only sports but also social development for the future.