Parents, well-wishers as well as friends of Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Ozuoba formerly known as Akpor Grammar School, turned out in their numbers to catch the thrills and frills that usually characterize the Annual Inter-House sports competition of the school.
The event held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, saw the five houses of the school namely: White House better known as Tower of Ivory, Yellow House popularly called House of Gold, Red House nicknamed Ark of the Covenant, Green House other wise called Mystical Rose and Blue House known as the Morning Star competing for honours.
Events competed for by the students include 100 meters Dash for boys and girls in both the Senior and Junior categories, same for 200 and 400 meters. Other track and field events competed for were long jump for senior girls and high jump for senior boys.
There were also 4×100 meters relay for the boys and girls in the senior categories, invitation relay among invited schools, sack race, egg race, teachers race parents race and old students race.
While declaring the games open, Chairman of the day, Deacon Tekena Macgregor, represented by his wife, Mrs. Victory Macgregor said that in organizing the students to compete in the various sporting activities in addition to their class work, the school was moving in the right direction and it is worthy of emulation.
He called on the parents and well-meaning individuals especially old students of the school, to contribute their quota in making the school environment more conducive for learning.
He stressed that the importance of sports and education in the overall development of children could not be underestimated.
The Acting Principal of the school, Rev. Sr. Maria Paola, noted that sports has developed beyond just running and jumping, but has become a branch of education with the aim of grooming well-rounded and well-formed individuals for the benefit of the society.
“Through sports we try to create healthy minds and healthy bodies. The spirit of sportsmanship enables us to transform our students into responsible citizens”, she said.
Sr. Paola stated that through engagement in sports, one could be uplifted economically, socially and politically as could be seen in many of the sportsmen and women within and outside Nigeria.
“As we are all aware, sports competition inculcates in the participants the spirit of competition, fair play, honesty, self discipline, acquisition of leadership qualities, winning and accepting defeats in the sprit of sportsmanship” she said.
At the end of the entire competition, Yellow house known as House of Gold came overall first, followed by the Blue house, the third position went to the Red house leaving Green and White houses to fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Some of the schools who participated in some of the sporting events includes: St Thomas Aquinas Elele, Sacred Heart Seminary, Rumuibekwe, Port Harcourt, and Holy Rosary College, Port Harcourt. Others are Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt, First Pillar Secondary School and Deeper Life High School.
Highlights of the games were the donation of various sports kits and equipments to the school by some old students of the college.