By Okey Muogbo
Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has urged sportsmen and women to be Christ-conscious in their sporting activities.
Archbishop Okoh made the call in his speech at the (2019) 11th Inter-House Sports Competition of the Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS), APO, in Abuja.
Primate Okoh charged them to “put God first in everything, even in Sports because without Christ, we can do nothing.”
Okoh who was represented at the event by Venerable Olusegun Majekudomi highlighted the importance of sports which he said benefits every part of the human body and mind, helps control weight and loosen the risk of a number of diseases -including Obesity, and type 2 Diabetes.
Other benefits of Sports according to him include the strengthening of internal organs such as the Heart, the muscles, the bones, among others.
Sports, he added, helps develop mental attitude including being good losers and winners.
To the students, Archbishop Okoh who is also the Proprietor of the School said, “I am not unaware of the exploits you girls have done in competition not only among yourselves but also with other private schools in the Diocese” adding that he has always enjoyed “the zeal you put into your match-past and the creativity in the movement of your body and limbs.”
In her keynote address, the Principal of the School, Mrs Estelle Odigbo described Sports as essential part of the School’s activities which she said, provides for the physical well-being of the children.
“Beyond the obvious health benefits of Sports”, she went on, “it can also teach us much about life. It teaches us about teamwork; how to get along with others, how to work together to achieve a common goal.
“It is also about trust and responsibility; and about dealing with success and failure. It also teaches us how to cope with pressure and the need to stick to training in order to improve and succeed”, she added.
She commended Archbishop Okoh and his wife, Mrs Nkasiobi Okoh as well as Mrs Modupe Akinkugbe who is the Diocesan Treasurer for the enormous support they have given to AGGS.
Others who earned Mrs Estelle’s commendation for their support to the School included the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Peter Netson, the special guest of honour, Mr Ahmodu Okpanachi, the PTA chairman, Engr Adewale Adesola and the chairman of the Organising Committee of the event, Mr Seun Olanrewaju.