The male and female cross-country teams of Volta Region placed 3rd and 5th respectively at the just-ended National Sports Authority (NSA) National Cross-Country Competition held at Ajumako in the Central Region of Ghana on Saturday, 22nd February, 2020.
The 10km race attracted 78 male and 72 female athletes drawn from 13 regions with six males and six females from each region.
The male team of Volta finished 3rd out of the 13 regions, while their female counterparts placed 5th out of 12 competing regions. Indeed, with the exception of Central and Ashanti regions, Volta conquered the remaining regions of Ghana.
In the individual category, Christopher Akligo from the Keta District of Volta Region and a product of Duamenafa Foundation of Dzodze, placed 9th out of 78 runners with a time of 39 minutes. His stablemate, Evelyn Dzorkportor, also finished 8th out of 72 runners in a time of 50 minutes, 31 seconds for the same 10km distance.
Both Evelyn and Christopher, therefore, made it to the final list of 10 best National CrossCountry Team of Ghana.
The Volta Regional Cross-Country contingent comprised Mr. Kwame Amponfi Jnr. (Team Manager and Regional Sports Director), Mr. Mighty Akuako (Coach/Secretary of Volta Athletics Association), Ms Doris Afari (VRCC/Ho Sports Unit Representative, who also doubles as the Vice Chairman of the Volta Athletics Association), Kwaotse Philip (Central Tongu District), Dotsey Peter, Akligo Christopher and Hussey Junior (Keta Municipal), Adenku Elikplim Emilson (Hohoe Municipal), Akwatey Raphael and Aglo Eric Noah (North Tongu District).
The female athletes were Gbordzortor Evelyn and Susuawu Destine (Keta Municipal), Dortsu Mary (North Dayi District), Dogbatsey Peace and Awadzi Sefakor (Ketu North District), Hlordewu Elizabeth (South Dayi District) and Team Driver, Mr. Anani Francis of Alavanyo Secondary Technical.
On behalf of the Director General of the National Sports Authority (Prof. Peter Twumasi) and the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Sports Authority wishes to express its appreciation to all who supported Team Volta for the success achieved, especially the Regional Director of Education, Mrs Enyonam Afi Amafuga, who provided the team bus and a driver, the Volta Regional Athletics Association executive members and coaches, Vice Ms Doris Afari and Secretary/Coach, Mighty Akuako, as well as Coach David Wormi.
For our gallant and talented make and female athletes, we say congratulations on your enviable attainment. We have all proved that our God is alive and also, sacrifice with hard work pays. May Adonai help us all to continue to uplift the image of Volta Region High.
KWAME AMPONFI JNR.
(REGIONAL SPORTS DIRECTOR)