All is set to hold the maiden edition of Athletics in Schools Programme (AISP), with Nigeria’s Fastest hurdler, Oyeniyi Abejoye at St. Finbarrs College, Akoka and CMS Grammar School, Bariga on Friday, Sept 28.
The initiative which is founded by two of the major Athletics blog sites in Nigeria, Athletics Heat Ltd in partnership with Nigeria Athletics, has it’s objective targeted at promoting Track and Field culture among Nigerian secondary school students.
This will be done through teaching sports loving students of each schools the values of athletics, benefits of participating in sports and having a professional career in any sector associated with it, while also educating on how to balance school and sports effectively.
Also key significance will be paid to scouting potential talents that will be carefully selected by a professional grassroots coach, as the founders of Athletic Heat believe in young untapped talents in secondary schools, which was how they were discovered before going on to become State and National Champions.
To work and serve as worthy role model to the students, the organisers have carefully chosen star Nigerian athlete Abejoye, who’s presently the most striking figure in Lagos Athletics being Nigeria’s fastest Hurdler and Africa’s second fastest in 2018; also being a perfect example of excellently going through the phase of a student athlete in Nigeria.
Educationally, he’s a 2016 graduate from University of Lagos, bagging BSc. Honours in Business Education and currently preparing to start his Masters degree. Track wise, he’s had an outstanding 2018 breakout year both within the country and in the continent.
He made his debut appearance for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games back in April, and followed that up with a Silver medal at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, which automatically booked his spot as Africa’s second representative in the 110m hurdles, at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava.
Noteworthy is that Abejoye was the only home-based male athlete to represent Africa at the Championship which was laudable indeed, in addition to running a Personal best of 13.84s, the fastest by a Nigerian since 2016.
Asides these being the major qualities of being chosen, he’ll be making a re-appearance at St. Finbarrs as a worthy alumni of the college, while in addition CMS Grammar School enjoys the privilege of having a worthy alumnus in Ese Oguma, the founder of Athletic Heat.
These schools has shown commitment in supporting their sports performing students over the years, which has witnessed St. Finbarrs College grant scholarships to students in public schools who show potentials of becoming top professionals in different sports by covering tuition, feeding and accommodation for them to train and learn in a conducive environment.
On the other hand, CMS Grammar School is known to produce top athletes especially having good relay squads when they step out to compete with other schools.
One of the high points of this program will be a race between the hurdling speedster and the fastest students from each school, with the winners going home with an autographed merchandise from the star athlete.
With this partnership, the organisers hope to expand and make it a nationwide project where more schools will be covered not just in Lagos State but across Nigeria, with other top Nigerian athletes serving as models and inspiration to the students.
Huge appreciation goes to Yesir Foundation, coming on board as the major sponsor of this edition, while more partners and sponsors are welcomed in our follow up programs.