Mangaluru, Dec 8: The annnual Sports Meet 2017-18 was held for the students of St Aloysius ITI at Gonzaga Grounds on December 7.
At the beginning of the event, students displayed a splendid march past. The dignitaries were escorted to the grounds with a school band. The chief guest of the inaugural programme Pius L Rodrigues, member of State Pollution Control Committee, hoisted the sports flag and received the Guard of Honour from the students.
Principal of the institute, Vincent Mendonsa delivered the welcome address. Speaking on the occasion the chief guest said, “Time sense and discipline are the stepping stones for success. This is the lesson I learnt in my student life from this institute and it has helped me in achieving my goals.”
He wished the students all the very best and urged them to put in their best. The sports meet was inaugurated by releasing the tri-coloured balloons into the air, followed by the declaration by the chief guest. Student representatives from each trade/batch took the oath to obey the rules and regulations of the event and to participate with the spirit of sportsmanship.
In his presidential address, Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ, rector of St Aloysius Institutions said, “Defeat and victory are common in life. One should not become too proud of success and also should not break down during failures. Victory should be accepted with a level head and failure should be taken as a stepping stone for success.”
Various sports events were organised and the students participated with total energy and enthusiasm. The atmosphere at the grounds was energetic and electrifying. The blue t-shirts worn by the students with the logo of the event 'Live in Harmony' printed on them, created a beautiful sight. The individual championship in the male category was won by Arun Francis siddi of Plumber Trade and the female category was won by Seemal D'Souza of Stitching Technology Trade.
The prize for the best march past was won by the second year students of Mechanic Motor Vehicle Trade. The 4 X 100 mts relay was the most spectacular event of the day. The first, second and third place in the relay were won by the students of Welder, Plumber and MMV-II respectively.
The physical director of St Aloysius Primary School, Arun Baptist conducted the events along with the staff members.
The chief guest of the concluding programme was N G Mohan, district commissioner for scouts and guides. Addressing the students he said, “Hard work gets success. Have an aim and work harder, you will be successful. Skilled manpower is needed for industrial growth and ITIs are the institutions which fulfil this need. Better prospects are awaiting you if you work harder.”
Addressing the gathering Fr Eric Mathias SJ, director of the institute said, “Dream, persistence and patience are three important factors to achieve success in life. Just dreaming is not enough, you need to work towards realising your dream and have patience to wait for success.”
The convener of the sports meet, Noel Lobo proposed the vote of thanks and thanked everyone profusely for their contribution towards the success of the event.
The National Anthem was sung. Towards the end, the sports flag was lowered by the chief guest and handed over to the principal of the institute. Junior training Officers Robin Vas and Vandana compered the inaugural programme and the concluding programme respectively.