Mawuli Senior High School, Ho made a remarkable impact at the just ended 44th Annual Inter School Sports of the Central Zone Sports Association by grabbing 6 trophies.
The mixed school, known for Academic Excellence, came tops in the 1-week event, held at the Ho Sports Stadium from February 24 to March 2, 2018.
Out of 21 schools that competed in 6 games, Cross Country and the various track & field events in Athletics, MAWULI topped with a total medal haul of 23; 15 Gold, 7 Silver and 1 Bronze.
In the games, they won both boys and girls Basketball, with the girls breaking the record of Awudome Senior High School (AWUSCO), who have been winning it for the past 10 years. AWUSCO, who were overall winners last year couldn’t go to the final this time around, managing a Bronze finish in the girl’s division, with Mawuko Girls Senior High School (MAWUKO) coming 2nd. In the boy’s division, AWUSCO came 2nd with St Prosper’s Senior High School (PROSCO) 3rd.
MAWULI boys beat Taviefe Senior High School (TASEC) to defend and win Gold in Handball in a fierce encounter while PROSCO came 3rd. Their girls, however, lost to bitter rivals MAWUKO. Both schools deserved the final berth as they are actively involved in the maiden regional Handball league. AWUSCO were bronze winners in that category.
MAWULI boys again defended Volleyball against AWUSCO, with Ziavi Senior High Technical School (ZISTECH) coming in the 3rd place. Their girls couldn’t make it to the last 3, as Sonrise Christian High School emerged winners against Abutia Senior High Technical School (ABUSTECH). MAWUKO fought for a 3rd place berth as Ola Senior High School (OLA) couldn’t defend it.
Defending champions of Both boys and girls Table Tennis, comfortably retained their titles. MAWULI boys won it, with Avatime Senior High School (AVASEC) and Tsito Senior High Technical School (T.S.T.S.) placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. MAWUKO girls also ensured their victory in a battle with MAWULI, as OLA managed bronze.
AWUSCO brilliantly fought and defended the Netball game in the final against MAWULI, while MAWUKO came 3rd.
MAWULI boys climbed the medal table in Athletics with 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze while AWUSCO followed with 4 Gold, 3 Silver, and 4 Bronze. Sokode Senior High Technical School (SOSTECH) came 3rd with 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze as well. MAWULI girls were 3rd (3 Gold, no Silver, 1 Bronze) to AWUSCO (4 Gold, 2 Silver, no Bronze) and MAWUKO (3 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze) who were 1st and 2nd respectively.
MAWULI were however nowhere near the Cross Country competition for both sexes as Tanyigbe Senior High School (TASHS) won it in the girl’s division, with AVASEC and Agotime Senior High School (AGOSEC) following in that order. Kpedze Senior High School (KPESCO) boys finished ahead of AWUSCO and SOSTECH in the boy’s category as well.
MAWULI was seen making progress in the boy’s Soccer division until they eventually lost on penalties to AWUSCO in the semi’s. They were unlucky as well in the 3rd place, which they again lost to defending champions SOSTECH. PROSCO, in the finals, beat AWUSCO to win it. ADASEC showed class this year, claiming the girls’ soccer trophy from KPESCO, with PROSCO coming 3rd.
Physical Education (P.E.) teacher of the school, Emmanuel Ledi in an interview with TalksenseSports after the closing ceremony revealed the secret behind their achievement.
“We have had some experiences in the past through the same competitions. We have realized that it is rather our girls who have not been helping us; the boys have been trying their best, but at the end of the day, because the girls have not been pulling their weight, we lose all the points. So what we did was to whip up the interest in the girls to encourage them to train some more. Though we were not having enough time for training, the little time we had, we utilize it. More importantly, we targeted on picking specific points and that is what got us this far.”
Ledi, who has been in Mawuli for 5 years, however, believes, that they would hold on to this achievement for long, by keeping the spirit up and producing national athletes.
“When you saw me coming to the zone, initially 2013, 2014 my athletes are always at the back, finding it difficult to match up with others; but gradually you see us coming into the train now. We are building something and gradually we are moving ahead. We want to get to a standard, where every year, we will be producing athletes not only for the region but probably those who can even join the national team or wherever they want to be. So we will not lose, we will not stop training; we will keep on whipping the interest in them and God is on our side, everything will be okay.”
At the closing ceremony and awards, SHIA SHS has adjudged the Best Behaved School and had most of the dignitaries presenting their trophy to them.
The Central Zone Schools Sports Association after their 1-week festival has selected athletes who will begin camping immediately to represent them at the Interzonal competition slated for Thursday, March 8 to Thursday, March 15 at the Ho Sports Stadium.
The zone’s previous position at the Interzonal competition held at Sogakope was 2nd overall out of 7 zones.
They would, therefore, fight for a host and win this time around.