Anambra’s Ezechukwuchiri Winner Of U18 High Jump At World School Athletics Trials
Fiaku Goodluck Ezechukwuchiri, from Anambra has emerged champion of the High jump event at the just concluded National School Sports Festival (NSSF) World School Athletics trials geld in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Ezechukwuchiri is a 16 years old SS3 student of Ide Secondary School, Enugu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government of Anambra.
Johnny Igboka, Head Coach of Anambra Athletics team said Ezechukwuchiri lept a height of 2:07 metres in the U18 category of the trials.
Igboka said Peace Eze, another budding athlete from Anambra, came second in the U18 Javelin event while Ekene Nwabueze finished fourth in the U15 1, 500 metres event.
He said that his performance, Ezechukwuchiri, had guaranteed a place in the Nigerian national team to the World School Athletics Championship later in the year.
Igboka thanked the Anambra Sports Development Commission under the chairmanship of Patrick-Estate Onyedum for giving the students the opportunity to participate at the trial.
He said it was gladdening that Onyedum had decided to revamp School Sports which had been moribund in Anambra for years adding that grassroots sports remained critical to the success of the sector.
In his reaction, Onyedum said Anambra was blessed with millions of talented athletes and that the Commission under gis watch would support them by providing them platforms to showcase their talents.
He said he had personally ensured that State took part at the trials, nothin that the success story of Ezechukwuchiri was a pleasant feedback to him.
According to him, we want to transform sport’s and the starting point is grassroots development and revival of school sports.
“That is why I ensured that the three selected athletes go to Ogun State and compete for space, his qualifications at the World School trials is a welcome development, it is a sign of what is to come under the government of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo,” he said