By Fred Kiva
The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has lauded Gayaza High School’s efforts in the promotion of sports.
This was contained in Gen Kainerugaba’s message delivered for him by the Special Forces Commander Maj Gen Don Nabasa during the school’s 7th edition of Joan Cox Memorial Tournament finals held on Sunday.
General Kainerugaba who contributed Shs2million to help the school in organizing the annual sports tournament in honour of the pioneer Headteacher -- , observed that sports is key in instilling a spirit of teamwork among children, on top of other benefits such as enhancing physical fitness and building the culture of competition which helps students to work hard to improve in both sports and academics.
“This is a very crucial aspect that brings together our children to create rapport, and if well maintained, it will help young children to work together in peace,” Gen Kainerugaba said in his message.
Gen Kainerugaba also commended the school for remembering the works of Joan Cox, whom he said was very instrumental in the promotion of sports.
Joan Cox of British origin died in 2012 at the age of 100.
Flanked by Major Chris Magezi, who is Gen Kainerugaba's spokesman, Maj Gen. Don Nabasa hand-delivered the Shs2million cash to the school.
“On behalf of Gen Kainerugaba we have contributed Shs2million shillings to support sports in this school,” he said urging students to be patriotic.
“Be patriotic since the stability of your country will be the one to shape your future,” he added.
The Gayaza High School Dean of Students (DOS) James Kamusiime, who represented the Headteacher, Victoria Sserunkuma thanked Gen Kainerugaba for honoring the school’s invitation to officiate at the function and the financial support extended to the school.
Mr. Kamusiime said the school decided to organize the sports tournament in commemoration of Joan Cox’s work in the promotion of sports at the School during her time.
“Joan Cox was the first headteacher for Gayaza High School (1939-1972). It’s under her tenure that most of the sports facilities were put up at the school and volleyball was introduced. She did a lot in identifying and hand-picking the talented girls in communities for bursaries at Gayaza High School,” Kamusiime said.
25 schools, 34 teams, and clubs took part in the annual sports tournament normally conducted every last week of February. Participants took part in Volleyball, Handball, Badminton, Table Tennis and Lone Tennis.
Several winners and runners up in the various categories were awarded trophies and medals which were handed to them by the chief guest.
Among the Champions was Gombe Secondary School in Handball while Mbogo High were runners up. UPDF were champions in Handball, Clubs Category while Nkajja Club were runners up.
Mbogo High also emerged champions in Badminton, while Nabisunsa Girls were runners up. KCCA were champions in Volleyball club category, while Vision Volleyball Camp (VVC) Club were runners up.