The Ghana Wheelchair Basketball Federation has inaugurated its Volta Regional Chapter at a ceremony held at the Regional Museum in Ho.
The event held on Friday, February 16, gave the appointed executives the official mandate to work assiduously to develop the first disability sport in the region.
The quite short ceremony was attended by national executives, the Regional Sports Director, SWAG-Volta Chairman, as well as the public who had interest in the sport, not excluding the media.
Former Akatsi North District Chief Executive, James Gunu was named the Chairman, with Carl Kofi Tettey as the Vice. The 7 member Executives also had Fred Kofi Mensah Duhoe as the Secretary, Wisdom Dovlo as Treasurer, and Charles Gamadonku as the Regional Coach. The rest are Player rep, Hickson Pius Godslove and PRO, Christian Chibueze.
In his first speech, James Gunu noted that Wheelchair basketball which is not only for entertainment can also create jobs. He also believes that with commitment, they can achieve a target of overtaking other regions.
“Sports is not only for entertainment but also for the building of communal, national and global peace, Unity and harmony. Wheelchair basketball, if properly developed can lead to the Socioeconomic transformation in the areas of job creation, tourism, Business development and growth. We need commitment, passion, discipline and resource mobilization spirit on the part of all stakeholders to make this a reality. The board will soon roll out its programs for the region to be integrated into the national program and hopefully, Volta Region shall catch up and overtake others.”
The new regional Sports Director, Kwame Amponfi Junior and the SWAG Volta Chairman, Eric Eli Adzie both promised their support and contribution to developing the sport in the region.
The National President of the Ghana Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Max Vardon in an interview with the media says the Inauguration is a significant step to the development of the sport.
“I think it is a very significant step. GWBF is probably the only Sports Federation that has persons in all 10 regions. So the impact that we are hoping to have on sports and youth culture and the society, in general, is as huge as well as a potential. So Volta Region Inaugurating its executive is an extremely significant step. Especially with the new Sports Director, coming in who has spoken very favourably about the challenges that we face here but he is prepared to help them strategize on the way forward, we think that it is going to go very far.”
Hopefully, Volta will have a contingent at this year’s National Sports Festival, as they missed the excitement and the competitiveness of last year’s show in Kumasi, which saw Brong Ahafo beat Greater Accra in the finals.
Ghana’s male Wheelchair Basketball team, the Black Chariots also failed to turn up at last year’s African qualifiers at South Africa, due to lack of funds.
With growing interest in this sport, the future can only be better.