F. Bayi Schools to offer scholarship to Umisseta games best performers

20Jul 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
F. Bayi Schools to offer scholarship to Umisseta games best performers

COAST Region’s Filbert Bayi Schools are set to offer five scholarships to students who performed well at this year’s inter-secondary schools (Umisseta) games, which took place in Mtwara.

Filbert Bayi, the schools’ board of directors’ chairman, issued the pledge at a function for awarding athletes from the schools who excelled at the just ended tournament.

He said the five are from Tabora, Mara and Mwanza but stopped short of mentioning the students’ names as his schools’ discussions with the students’ parents and guardians are in progress.

Filbert Bayi Schools’ students were in the Coast Region’s team which excelled in athletics in the games.

Bayi said the scholarships are aimed at giving deserving students the opportunity to continue pursuing both sports and studies.

"We are truly committed to promoting sports in the country, we started with a netball team which won many tournaments both local and international, but due to problems beyond our control, the netball project was abandoned and we turned our attention to athletics,” he added.

“We are happy that we have produced athletes who have performed well at local and international games because we want to have many athletes next academic year we will offer the scholarships to five students who will start Form One at our schools,” he said.

Filbert Bayi Schools’ athletes won 19 medals at the Umisseta competition and due to this achievement, the athletes will represent the country at this year’s East Africa Secondary Schools (Feassa) games slated for August in Arusha.

The athletes from the schools, who performed well in the competition, are Esther Martin, Amos Charles, Pili Mipawa, Helen Ngonda Nkulerey, Benedicto Mathias, Gaundensia Maneno and Regina Mpigachai.

Moses Chacha, who is a student at another school but was in the Filbert Bayi Schools’ athletics team, also excelled in the tournament and was awarded.

Anna Bayi, who is one of the schools’ directors, thanked Coastal Region authorities for backing the team.

She also said the schools are happy that they are contributing to sports development in the country.

"Filbert Bayi Schools are happy that in the years of their existence, they have contributed a lot in sports development in the country and they promise to continue doing so,” she said.

She, however, lamented that despite the athletes’ best performance at the Umisseta games, there was no government representative at the event.

"These young athletes performed well at the Umisseta games, they were top in athletics but, to our surprise, there was no any government representative to honour them, much as we sent them invitation,” she said.

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