Haddow SS wins first Volleyball tournament in Maridi
Bor’s Delight Keji known as Julia spikes as Wau’s Ayel Chan defends during the
National Unity Day event earlier this year at Nimra Talata
Basket Ball Court (File photo: Woja Emmanuel)
By Bullen Bala Alexander
Haddow Secondary School has been crowned as a champion of the first girls’ Volleyball tournament in Maridi State on Sunday after beating Maridi Girls Boarding Secondary School by two seats to nil.
In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Peter Saki Silvan, Maridi Minister of Information, Youth and Sports said the tournament was organized to encourage girls in Maridi to participate in sports activities.
“We want our girls to participate and engage in sports activities just like other girls are doing in other parts of the country.Through creation of a volleyball academy, our young girls can come together and play as a team regardless of their tribes or states,” minister Saki said.
He added that girls’ participation in sports activities is an awareness tool to spread messages of fair play, peace building and gender equality as well as encourages younger girls and their communities to engage in recreational and cultural activities.
“Girls can advocate for peace, unity and social cohesion from what they learn in the field. volleyball is one of the sports activities that brings the youth together to promotes peace and unity and strongly discourage many evil things in the society,” Saki acknowledged.
“It is hoped that once they know the importance of the sports, they will share their learning with their peers and will take a leading role in helping build a society where people respect each other and coexist in harmony,” he added.
This tournament was the first of its kind in the history of sports in Maridi. The event took place after the formation of the first volleyball Union in the State last month.
Six schools participated in the tournament that saw Haddow Secondary School being crowned as a champion over the weekend.