The maiden edition of Private School Games, which took place at Lagos Stadium, Agege and Unilag Sports Complex from Nov 19th-24th, lived up to expectation as one of the best sporting competitions held so far in the State.
The Games which the organisers themed “Developing youths through sports”, witnessed the discovery of several talents from the 10 private secondary schools that participated, who all competed in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Athletics and Table Tennis.
At the end of the championship, Mayflower Private School, Ikene, Ogun State, emerged champions by dominantly sweeping the medals table with 13 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Lead-Forte Gate College, Lekki were 2nd with 5 Gold, 9 Silver and 4 Bronze medals, while St. Joseph Schools closed in 3rd with 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Mayflower got their most medals from Athletics, where they won all track events in both boy’s and girl’s categories, with their athletes proving just unbeatable for their peers.
Moses Adepitan, was in a class of his own eventually becoming the Most Valuable Athlete of the Games, having scooped a total of 5 Gold medals, through winning all his events in 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m and 4x100m.
In the 100m, the 16yr old SS2 student clocked an impressive time of 10.7s, ahead of his teammate Chinedu Abraham with 10.8s, while Bolaji Mukaila of St. Joseph school settled for 3rd clocking 10.9s.
Interestingly, his teammate Abraham finished 2nd in all their individual races, before both boys played major roles in their school’s relay victories, racing to 47.2s in the 4x100m. Rainbow College were 2nd in the race clocking 48.8s, while Frontrunner City College, Ikorodu finished 3rd in 50.0s.
Their performances vowed the spectators as they were just outstanding. After his victories and being the star of the Games, an elated Adepitan said:
“I was expecting the victories, because I’ve been training hard (morning & evening)) since I got to Mayflower school. I just love running because it motivates me, though my parents didn’t support me at first but I had to convince them. My role models are Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, and I want to be known in Athletics.”
In the girl’s events, Mayflower also produced a star in Deborah Akpali, as she won the 100m and 4x100m plus a Silver medal in the 200m; thereby taking the crown as the fastest female sprinter.
Akpali clocked 12.8s in the 100m, ahead of Korede Onakomaiya of Lead-Forte with 13.1s, while Vanessa Omeibe of Rainbow College closed in 3rd racing 13.2s.
In addition to the 100m medals, Onakomaiya won the 200m as well as being part of the football winning team and also anchored her school to 4x100m Silver. Meanwhile, Omeibe won 400m Silver plus anchored her school to 4x100m Bronze; thereby making the duo some of the discoveries at the end of the competition.
In the field events, Chelsea Nwabunike of Lead-Forte won Gold in Discus, Precious Maha of Grace Schools got the Silver medal, while Amarachi Ndubuisi completed the podium representing Mayflower.
Boy’s Discus saw Meshack Anuku of Mayflower emerge winner. In 2nd place was Daniel Oluwatuyi of Lead-Forte, with David Edelduoh of Whitesands School, Lekki settling for Bronze.
Girl’s Long Jump had Josephine Okoye win Gold for St. Joseph, while Valerie Obanua was the Silver medallist for Lead-Forte. Ayomide Adewunmi secured Gold for Lead-Forte in the boy’s event.
Speaking on his school’s superiority at the end of the games, Mayflower’s head sports teacher Mr Francis Peter, was full of praise for the school proprietor and parents.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank our proprietor, we call her Aunty Corin, she has given us 100% when it comes to this Athletics team. Apart from God, I want to say thank you to her and thank you to God. Also, thank you to some of the parents that have been very supportive, because their support made us to do well.”
Mr Yemi Egbeoluwa, the founder and CEO of the Private School Games, was overjoyed at the number of talents discovered at the games.
“We’ve discovered a lot of students that can be nurtured. First step is to discover and the next is to nurture a lot of these students to be sports professionals in future. My expectations have been met, from football, basketball and Athletics; it’s been awesome. And then it’s not just about this competition, after this competition the talents we’ve discovered we’ll then get them facilities to train, get them coaches and keep enhancing them.
The Private School Games is expected to be an annual event, where more schools are expected to participate in future and take the level of healthy sporting competitions among private secondary school students to a greater one.
Note: All times were hand-timed.
More pictures from the Games