Star athletes, Foster Ametsi and Grace Obour, both from the Ashanti Region, have been rewarded with scholarships worth GH¢30,000 to enable them to pursue tertiary education as part of their prizes for emerging the most outstanding athletes at the 31st Second Cycle Inter-Regional Sports Festival which ended in Bolgatanga last Saturday.
The two athletes, both students of T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi, helped their region to win the athletics competition in both the boys and girls’ categories. And as their reward, each athlete received educational support of GH¢15,000 from Accra Breweries Limited (ABL), producers of Beta Malt drink, which sponsored the athletics competition of the multi-sport festival in the Upper East regional capital.
Foster Ametsi was the best male athlete
Ametsi was adjudged best male athlete after winning the long jump and triple jump, while Grace won the best female athlete award after making a clean sweep with victories in the100 metres, 200m, 400m, and supported her team to win gold in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m events.
Only last month, Grace represented Ghana at the All African Games in the Moroccan city of Rabat where she won bronze in the women’s 400m event.
Dominance: Grace Obour
Apart from refreshing the athletes from the preliminary stages for the past six months in the run-up to the festival in Bolgatanga, ABL also awarded winners in various disciplines in athletics with packs of Beta Malt drinks and other branded souvenirs.
The Head of Marketing at ABL, Miss Ewurafua Addo-Atuah, said youth development and empowerment through education and sports remained significant goals that informed the company’s decision to partner with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to sponsor this year’s national second-cycle schools athletics competitions.
“Physical education and sports remain important disciplines that provide holistic intervention to developing the mental and physical aspects of the body of young people and what better way to inspire athletes to go all the way up with Beta Malt,” she underscored.
The Brands Manager for Beta Malt Brands, Mrs Portia Offei Asare, explained that the partnership with the GES in this year’s athletics competition was initially a pilot project which would be assessed and later extended to sponsorship of other sporting disciplines in order to assist the young people to realise their dreams.