Schoolchildren display athletics skills at Joy FM’s Kids Olympics

BY: Beatrice Laryea

The Joy FM Kids Olympics began last Saturday at the Saint Anthony Anglican Church and the Lincoln Community School compounds at Abelenkpe in Accra with hundreds of schoolchildren turning up to compete for laurels in various events.

The fun-packed competition saw children, between five and 12 years putting up splendid performances to the admiration of their parents and teachers who thronged the venues to cheer them on to victory.

The competition, which opened with athletics, had the children battle fiercely in events such as 80-metre hurdles, hula hoops and whiffle paddle relays.

Young athletes who excelled in the various events received medals and certificates of participation as rewards. First and second runners-up were also rewarded, while all participants were given certificates of participation.

The Olympics is sponsored by Ghana’s leading children’s newspaper, the Junior Graphic, Blue Band, Hollard Life, Call Angels, Medicas Hospital and Alpha Cuisine.

Aside from the fun, participants had the opportunity to interact with some staff of the Multimedia Group such as the presenter of the Drive Time programme, Lexis Bill, sports presenters Nathaniel Attoh and Gary Al-Smith.

At the end of the competition, five-year-old Uthman Imani Alhassan from the Faith Montessori School won two medals in the 80-metre hurdle and the whiffle paddle relays.

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He was followed by John Sakyi Alhassan from the John Teye Memorial School and Abdul-Hakeem Anazooya Iddi from the Christ Love International School respectively.

The second leg of the Kids Olympics comes off on Saturday, February 16 at the Lincoln Community School gymnasium where the students will contest in table tennis and taekwondo for medals.