Ruby House on Wednesday won the third edition of the Keystone College, Lagos, Inter-house Sports Competition at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos after winning 11 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.
Palm House came second with 10 gold, eight silver and eight bronze while Baobab House placed third with eight gold, eight silver and six bronze. Sapphire House came fourth with seven gold, nine silver and 12 bronze.
The pupils competed in 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m and 4x100m.
Other events were sack race, the lime and spoon, march past, catching the train, table tennis, volleyball, chess, scrabble and football.
The star of the event was 13-year-old Fathia Jimoh of Ruby House, who emerged as the best female junior athlete after winning four gold and one bronze in the individual events as well as another gold in the relay. She won the medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m, sack race and lime and spoon race.
“I owe my success to our housemistress, who keeps telling me that I can do better,” Jimoh told our correspondent.
“I love sport and it has not affected my classroom work. I hope to win more medals at bigger competitions for my school, state and Nigeria.”
Obed Makiese of Palm House was the best junior male athlete while Ogundemi Boluwatife of Baobab House emerged as the best senior female athlete. Baobab House’s Azeez Omowarere was adjudged the best senior male athlete.
The Chairman of the school, Dr. ‘Toyin Phillips, said the school had good sports development programmes for the pupils.
She said, “This event is the biggest since we began inter-house sports in the school. The impact of sport in the wellbeing of the pupils cannot be underestimated. That is why we place premium on both their classroom work and the other aspects of their education such as sports.
“The school is relatively young but the pupils have shown that they really enjoyed doing this as much as they do show enthusiasm in their classroom work.”
Since sport is an integral part of education and helps improve the pupils’ mental health, through this we have discovered those of them who are good in academics and sport, as well as those who are better in one rather than the other.”
There were also other side attractions like the invitational schools relay and the staff race. Longford International School, Lagos, won the boys’ invitational relay while Davidhill International College, Lagos, won silver. Rio International Secondary School, Lagos, won bronze. In the girls’ category, Rio International Secondary School won gold while Longford International School won silver and Eben-Noble College, Lagos, won bronze.
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