Maranatha Junior hosts athletics meet

Maranatha pupils —
Maranatha Junior School hosted six primary schools for the Educationists in Primary Sports Association (EPSA) Division 10 Inter-schools athletics competitions at Avonlea Primary.

A total of six schools – Old Windsor, Maranatha Junior, Alexandra Park, Mhangura, Moffat and Greengroove primary schools took part in the competition.

John Wangu Mwareya, Maranatha Junior School sports director hailed the competitions as a flawless event thanks to efforts by stakeholders at the school.

“The success of the event emanated from proper planning, communication, implementation, dedication as well as use of appropriate material resources. With the use of a checklist, one will never go wrong. Hosting such events is now routine and easy task as we have dedicated, experienced staff at our disposal and very supportive administration.

“We did in-house training to our staff on officiating for smooth flow of events and we had to notify the other schools of their duties way before the day.

“EPSA is about fair play and sportsmanship with set principles, regulations and a code of conduct. We made sure that “win at all costs” and “pot hunting” mentalities did not prevail.

“Safety of the participants is of utmost concern that’s why we had NETSTAR ambulance service. The event was tightly contested as most schools showed that they had prepared for the event,” he said.

Mwareya also spoke on his school’s showing at the competitions,

“We did extremely well considering the number of schools present. We had our inter-houses on the 3rd of March and from that date the school team was having practice. We had two friendly athletics meetings with other schools prior to the EPSA inter-schools to prepare our athletes. Most of our points were garnered from sprints (75m, 100m, 75m hurdles, relays) and jumps. “All our age groups faired well across the board.”

The final results saw Old Windsor claiming first position with 142 points followed by Maranatha Junior on 131 points.

Alexandra Park were third on 117 points with Mhangura, Moffat and Greengroove primary schools on fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.

It was a morning of entertaining athletics with the peak of entertainment being the 4 x 75m for under 9s’ to 11 and 4 x 100m relays for under 12s’ and 13s’.

This marked the end of the athletics meet. Parents had their fair share of entertainment as they cheered from the sidelines.

As Maranatha family, quality service is our day to day norm and we value christian ethics. We started with a prayer and closed with one again.

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