Mangaluru, Mar 21: The eleventh annual sports meet of St Aloysius BEd College was conducted on the Centenary Grounds here. Akshatha Poojary, powerlifter and recipient of Ekalavya Award, the chief guest of the programme opened the meet by hoisting the college flag.
The athletic meet began with a splendid march-past led by four sports groups, namely, Shivaji, Nethaji, Nehru and Bhagath to the beat of the band. Eric Johnson, sports secretary-second year BEd, received the college flag from the principal Dr Farita Viegas. He then handed it over to the four flag bearers Jincy, Julia, Meghana and Jyoshna to begin the march-past. The chief guest received salute from each group during the march-past.
The chief guest, in her address invited the athletes to inculcate a sports spirit and practice it in everyday life. She said, each one has a sports spirit, which is mostly latent. It is not important how old or young a person is, but interest and willingness with commitment and dedication would turn a person into a sports personality. Success is not common and failure is not final. She also emphasized on not to give up hope when life meets with failures.
Fr Dr Praveen Martis SJ, director of the BEd College said in his speech, sports day should be observed in educational institutions. It helps the students to build character and reveal their real character. Sport activities help students to turn adversities of life into opportunities. He also highlighted the significance of sports activities for a harmonious and balanced growth in students.
Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ, rector-St Aloysius College institutions presided over the function. He mentioned the significance given to physical education and sports in Jesuit Educational Institutions for the all round development of students’ personality. Quoting Muhammad Ali’s words, 'Champions are not made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them– a desire, a dream, a vision’. The rector said sports is very important for teachers as they are not just to develop intelligence quotient and emotional quotient of students, but they have to develop their personality quotient as well.
The chief guest acknowledged the winners of carrom, chess, badminton, volleyball and throwball by awarding certificates and medals during the occasion. The dignitaries and the college staff felicitated the chief guest for placing Mangaluru on the international map with her brilliant performance in powerlifting.
Lavina Kunder and group invoked God’s blessings. Dr Farita Viegas, principal, delivered the welcome address. Jerome D’Souza, lecturer, announced the winners list.
Santhosh Furtado, sports convener, delivered the vote of thanks. Sr Jasintha Crasta BS- a second year BEd student, compered the programme.
The inaugural programme ended with an impressive display of mass PT exercise. Notable sports events like 100 mt, 200 mt, 400 mt, relay, shotput and discus throw were conducted.
Arwin Pias SJ, Roshal B S and Premalatha bagged individual championships. Team Nehru won the overall championship. Tug of war an entertaining game was conducted at the closing of the sports meet. Arun D Souza, physical education director, St Aloysius College autonomous, officiated the events.