11th Annual Athletic Meet of St Aloysius B. Ed College
Mangaluru: The Eleventh Annual Sports Meet of St Aloysius B. Ed College was conducted on the Centenary Grounds here today. Ms Akshatha Poojary, Power-lifter and recipient of Ekalavya Award, the chief guest of the programme opened the meet by hoisting the College Flag.
The athletic meet began with the splendid march-past led by the four sports groups, namely, Shivaji, Nethaji, Nehru and Bhagath to the beat of the band. Eric Johnson, sports secretary-second year B. Ed, 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 sports spirit and practice it in everyday life. She said, each one has sports spirit, but in a majority it lies latent. It is not important how old or young a person is, but the interest and the willingness with commitment and dedication would make a person into sports personality. Success is not common and failure is not final-she added. She also emphasized on not to give up hope when life meets with failures.
Fr Dr Praveen Martis SJ, director of the B. Ed 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 the 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 aren’t 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 carom, chess, badminton, volleyball and throw-ball by awarding certificates and medals during the occasion. The dignitaries and the college staff felicitated the chief guest for putting Mangalore on international map with her brilliant performance in power-lifting. 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 Jacintha Crasta BS-a second year B. Ed student, compered the programme. The inaugural programme ended with the display of an impressive mass PT exercise.
Notable sports events like 100mts, 200mts, 400mts, relay, shot-put and discuss throw were conducted. Arwin Pias SJ, Roshal BS and Premalatha bagged individual championships. Team Nehru won the overall championship. Tug of war an entertaining game was conducted at the closing of the sport meet. Arun D Souza, physical education director, St Aloysius College autonomous, officiated the events.