Other Sports of Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

Blind Sport (Goalball) Nucleus Teams Championship held

First ever Greater
Accra Sports Authority Blind Sport (Goalball) Nucleus Teams Championship

The Greater
Accra Sports Authority in collaboration with the Sports Wing of the Ghana Blind
Union held its first ever Greater Accra Blind Sport (Goalball) Nucleus Teams
Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium Tennis Courts on Friday, 28th March, 2014.
In all, Four
(4) Goalball teams comprising two (2) female and two (2) male teams from the
University of Ghana and Accra Metro all visually impaired, participated in the
maiden Nucleus team Championship for the visually impaired.
championship was used to raise a Regional Nucleus Blind Sports (Goalball) team
for further preparation towards participation in local and international championships
as well as create awareness on Goalball as an emerging sporting discipline for Athletes
with visual impairment in the Greater Accra region and the nation in general.
In his
opening remarks, the Director of Sports of the Greater Accra Regional Sports
Authority; Mr. Kwame Amponfi Jnr., succinctly stressed on the importance of
Goalball as a medium of offering the blind in the society the opportunity to
express themselves through sports. He
challenged the visually impaired athletes to give a good account of themselves
to attract interest and sponsorship for the growth of Goalball.
Madam Alice
Attipoe, Ag. Director-General of the National Sports Authority who graced the
occasion with the core Management members of the National Sports Authority, commended
the Greater Accra Sports Directorate for its ingenuity and innovations in
sports development and promotion. She
further applauded the efforts of the Directorate for its ability to fund its
development activities without recourse to the National Sports Authority.
Besides pledging
her full support to develop and promote Goalball in the Ten (10) regions of
Ghana, Madam Alice Attipoe promised to let Goalball feature prominently on the
2014 sporting calendar of the National Sports Authority.
She however
called on corporate Ghana to financially and materially support the Authority
in its quest to raise the standard of Goalball and other sports disciplines in
the country.
At the end
of the championship, the ladies team of the University of Ghana won 7 - 5
against Accra Metro team whiles the Accra Metro Men’s team beat their
counterpart from the University of Ghana by 7 – 3 goal margin. Very attractive Cash
prizes were awarded to
winners in respective categories.