Lagos State Sec. Sch. Swimming Competition: Commission to consolidate on goals for national development

The Lagos State Secondary School Swimming Competition has come and gone with its thrills and frills but the Lagos State Sports Commission has pledged to consolidate on goals for national development.

Swimmers at the just-concluded Lagos State Secondary School Swimming Competition at the National Stadium Swimming Pool, Surulere.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state’s sponsored swimming competition among the secondary school started on May 25 and ended May 27.

The well-attended competition, however, had in attendance over 300 students from across the education districts in Lagos competing for honors.

Although the usual expectations in the swimming competition all dominated it, yet it was not without its surprises and glamour.

However, the Director of Schools Sports and Competition, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Kolawole Moses, on Wednesday said that the gains of the swimming competition would be properly guarded for national development of sports.

“Competitions like this are meant to develop the grassroots development of sports. In fact, we are going a step further than that, what we want is to have athletes that can represent Nigeria.

“We are on the mandate to monitor the progress of the athletes because they are the future of the game, so we intend keeping them in close monitoring.

“We understand that these athletes are the ones to represent us in the future and one of the mandates of the school sports is to discover them.

“For us in the LSSC, we are building for the future of the state and not just for the state alone, but for the national team,’’ he said.

On artistry displayed by the young swimmers, the President Nigeria Aquatic Federation (NAF), Babatunde Fatai-Williams, said that the swimmers were raw talents to be processed.

“These are the display of raw talents here, the competition and rivalry is good but they need to be polished and refined technically to make them champions.

“They are promising and young which gives them the hope of replacing the ageing ones. We need to grow from the discovery to nurturing for the future.

“We want a well thought out lasting and sustainable programmes for our swimmers because it is not a case of not having the talents but how to train them to become stars.

“I hope in the next few years these young ones will step in the shoes of the ageing ones, the future is bright with the display here,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Adedoyin Magbojuri of Ajegunle Senior High, Ajegunle, emerged Most Valuable Player (Male Category) 2018 with five Gold,  three Silver and one Bronze medal.

Naomi Oke of Avital College, Aguda, Surulere emerged the Most Valuable Players (Female Categories) 2018 with  nine gold medal.

Other contenders are Chiamaka Chidubem who got three gold and one bronze medal, while Simon got five gold.

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