Thrilling Performances by Team UEW at GUSA 2020
The 26th Edition of Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) games held at the University of Ghana, Legon would continue to linger in the memories of many sports enthusiasts. The sixteen-day event under the theme, "Integrating Sports into Academia for Youth Empowerment and Development" saw record breaking and sterling performances from the University of Education, Winneba's (UEW) team.
The games have been used over the years to harness the talents of students in various Universities in disciplines like athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, football and goal ball as well as handball, hockey, netball, table tennis and tennis
Chairman of Amalgamated Sports, Dr. K.K. Diabour congratulating athletes who won medals for the University
Team UEW set three new records in the games in the 4×400 metres (men), 5,000 metres (men) and 100 metres (men) with the wonder boy of the games, William Amponsah setting a 14 minutes 19 seconds new record in 5,000 metres (men) breaking the old record of 14 minutes 56 seconds by the University of Cape Coast's (UCC) Malik Yakubu.
William Amponsah also set a new record of 29 minutes 53 seconds in 10,000 meters (men) surpassing the 32 minutes 29 seconds set by Malik Yakubu.
4x400 Relay Men Team
In the men's 4×400 metres relay, the UEW team made up of Neenyi Akese Arthur, Prince Charles Frimpong, Israel Anane and Owusu Gad set a new record of three minutes nine seconds breaking the old record of three minutes 11 seconds set by UCC in 2017.
On top of that, Faustina Owusu broke the 37: 50 metres existing record in Discus (women) to set a new record of 40: 92 metres which sports connoisseurs describe as a feat that will be difficult to break in any future GUSA games.
Academic Levels of Athletes
Many of the athletes who set new records or chalked successes for UEW at the games are level 100 students and interestingly management of UEW gave 35 athletes full scholarships last year. This is the first time such a number of scholarships have been awarded and is also an indication that Team UEW would be a force to reckon with in subsequent mini and main GUSA games.
Vice Chancellor's visit to Team UEW
Management all smiles during their visit to the UEW Team
The Vice-Chancellor’s working visit to the team's camp was the first of its kind in the history of any GUSA games. Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni who was accompanied by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang and the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei Barima, Esq. was greeted with joy from officials and athletes.
The Vice-Chancellor assured athletes of Management's unwavering support for the team. He noted that UEW is an institution that values sports and that the University would continue to support sports men and women financially, in infrastructure and equipment.
Management’s surprise visit and reassuring words visibly boosted the team’s morale and many believe that this contributed to the successes chalked by Team UEW.
Medals Won by Team UEW
GUSA 2020 has witnessed Team UEW's best performance in the history of the games. The athletes under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kwame Kyere Diabour with their technical team, honorary coaches and other officials bagged an enviable 15 gold, 11 silver and 17 bronze medals thereby placing second.
The Hockey Team
The Soccer Team
The Table Tennis Team
Kudos to the team