AFN SET ENTRY STANDARD FOR NATIONAL TRIALS IN SAPELE

The All Nigeria National competition which will serve as the trials for the Olympics in August now has a fixed date

The meet is expected to hold on the 7th and 8th July, which is next week and The Athletic Federation has set standards for athletes who wish to compete.

100m men: 10.75s Women- 11. 80s
200m men- 21.55s Women 24. 50s
400m men- 48.50s Women 55.00s.
800m men- 1:55.00s Women: 2:10.00s
110m/ 100m hudles- 14.65s/14.50s
400m hurdles men- 52.50s Women- 1:00.00s
High Jump men- 2.00m Women- 1.70m
Pole vault men- 4.50m Women- 3.00m
Long Jump men- 7.25m Women- 5.65m
Triple Jump men- 15.00m Women- 12.00m
Shot Put men- 15.00m Women- 14.00m
Discuss Throw men- 45.00m Women- 40.00m
Javelin Throw- 50.00m Women- 40.00m.
While events without standards are:5000m, 10000m, Marathon, 3000m Steeplechase, Decathlon/ Heptathlon, 20 kilometer Race Walk , 4x100m men and women, 4x400m men and women.

The AFN boss disclosed that all track and field athletes would converge in Sapele, Delta State for the final selection for the Rio Olympics  “The period of this trials will be used for the Warri Relays,” Evangelist Ogba said. “As we speak, South Africa, Ghana and other countries have confirmed their participation for the Warri Relays and it is good for us.”

According to him, over 20 US-based Nigerian athletes have purchased their tickets to be part of the trials in Sapele, adding that anyone who meets the qualification mark would be refunded the money he spent on coming down for the event.
It was revealed that the Grand Prix also known as the Warri Relays, will take place on Saturday, July 9th in the same venue.

It was also stated that the list of athletes going for next month’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland will be released by the 4th of July.
We wish all athletes the very best!

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TEAM NIGERIA FINISHES 3RD AT AFRICAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Team Nigeria had a slow start with  the team occupying number 10 spot by the second day  but defied all odds to finish 3rd with 4 Gold,  5 Silver and 7 Bronze medals on the final day.
Cornell University graduate,  Steven Mozia gave Nigeria her first medal in the Championship  with a throw of 19.90m that placed him in third place in the Shot Put. South Africa’s Frank Elemba settled for Silver(19. 89m) while SA’s Jaco Engelbrect won the event with his last throw of 20.00m.  Ogheneakpoboro Efekoro finished just outside the medal zone with a mark of 19.57m. Mozia also won a Bronze medal in the Discuss with a distance of 59.16m.  South Africa’s Victor Hogan won Gold in 61.68m while his compatriot; Rusell Tucker finished 2nd with 61.44m.
mozia Steven Mozia
2015 National champion; Gloria Asunmu finished  4th in 11. 45s as African 100m Record Holder,  Murielle Ahoure won the race in a Championship Record of 10.99s. SA’s Carina Horn finished 2nd in 11.07s while Marie Ta Lou was 3rd in 11.15s. Even as Ivory Coast dominated the short sprint,
 Nigeria found solace in the Women’s Shot Put as it was a 1-2-3 for the Nigerian ladies.  Harvard University Junior; Nnwaneka Okwelogu threw a distance of 56.75m to convert the championship title as compatriots; Chinwe Okoro and Chioma Onyekwere finished 2nd and 3rd with a throw of 55.67m and 53.91m respectively.
Ese Brume,  who a few weeks ago leaped a new personal best of 6.83m to qualify for the Olympics,  retained her title in the Long Jump with a jump of 6.57m. Cameroon duo; Joelle Sandrine and Marlyne Sarah finished 2nd and 3rd with 6.39m and 6.34m respectively.
In the one lap event Patience Okon George finished third behind Zambia’s Mupopo Kabarge (51.56s) and Kenya’s Margaret Nyalrera who won Silver in 52.24s.
Nigeria’s Eroyakan Orukpe finished 4th in semifinals with 46.84s while a new face on the team,  Tubotein Taylor finished 5th with 47.00s but that time could not qualify them for  the final. National Champion, Chidi Okezie placed third in a time of  45.76s which serves as his personal best, Baboloki Thebe of Botswana took the title in a time of 44.69s while his compatriot; Karabo Sibanda was 2nd with 45.42s.
IMG_2899 Chidi Okezie
Nigeria’s sole representative in the men 400m hurdles,  Miles Ukaomo who ran a time of 50.72s to finish second in his heat couldn’t repeat that feat as he came 8th in the final,  however he was later disqualified by the track officials.
Defending champion in the men’s 110m hurdles,  Tyrone Akins failed to achieve this feat once more as he lost the title to Antonio Alkano of South Africa in 13.43s,  the Nigerian in second (13.74s) while Mohammed Koussi finished third in 13.94s.
Tosin Oke dethroned Khotso Mokoena to reclaim his title in the Triple Jump with a mark of 17.13s. Fabrice Zangi won the Silver with 16.81m while Khotso settled for Bronze in 16.77m. 2015 African Games Silver medalist; Olumide Olamigoke finished 5th with a distance of 16.53m.
Uhunoma Osazuwa set a Championship and National Records in the Heptathlon event as she won the title with 6153 points. Marthe Yasmine of BurkinaFaso won  Silver with a score of 5952 while Ghana’s Elizabeth Dadzie settled for Bronze with 5730 points
African Games Champion; Kelechi Nwanaga finished just outside the medal zone with a throw of 53.45m to finish 4th in the javelin.
Doreen Amata cleared a height of 1.82m to finish 2nd behind Seychelles’ Lissa Labiche (1.85m) while Egypt’s Basant Hassan was third (1.79m).
Nwanneka Okwelogu and Chioma Onyekwere were once again on the podium as Nwanneka finished second with 17.07m her compatriot; Chioma was third with 15.71m. The event was won by Sally Muriol of Cameroon with 17.64m.
University of Maimi graduate; Tameka Jameson ran a time of 57.17s to win Bronze in the women’s 400m hurdles, Her first international medal for Nigeria, the race was won by South Africa’s Wenda Nel in a time of 54.86s while Maureen Jelegat of Kenya took the Silver in 56.12s.
Silver medalist at 2014 World Junior; Divine Oduduru did not start the final of the 200m which was won by Wayde Van Nierek of South Africa in a tine of 20.03s. Divine qualified for the final with the second fastest time and that would have been an opportunity for Nigerian team to win a medal in that event.
The Nigerian team only participated in the women’s 4x400m which included;  Omolara Omotosho, Regina George, Yinka Ajayi and Patience George finished 2nd in 3:29.94s behind South Africa who won the Gold in 3:28.49s.
It is disappointing that a nation like Nigeria which was once upon a time referred to as the power house of African athletes could not present a team in the men relays as well as the women’s 4x100m women.  No Nigerian was present in the men’s 100m and women’s 200m as well.
The next edition of the Championship would be hosted by Nigeria in Lagos state and we hope by then,  the stadium would be renovated.
Next stop for Nigerian athletes would be The National trials which is billed for July and it would serve as qualification for the Olympics. We wish every athlete the very best!

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NKEM MARTHA EZEALAH MEMORIAL TRACK MEET 

Esteem Athletics Club, Partners and Friends in conjunction with Yaba College of Technology will be organizing the above track meet. Venue: YABA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SPORTS CENTER DATE: 15 JULY 2016

EVENTS: 1. 100 METERS (WOMEN) 2. 200METERS(MEN) 3. LONG JUMP(WOMEN) 4. TRIPLE JUMP(MEN).

Prizes to be won for all events: 

1ST – #7,000 2ND- #5,000 3RD- #3,000 4TH- #1,000 5TH- #1,000 6TH- #1,000 7TH- #1,000 8TH- #1,000. 

We hope to make it a bigger competition to be held annually a week after the All-Nigeria Open Athletics Championship. According to Head Coach Esteem Athletics Club; Coach Uruemu Adu

It is open to all athletes
You would recall that, Nkem Ezealah was involved in a fatal accident in February that claimed her life and her mum as well. Till death she was a dedicated athlete and an encourager to anyone that she came across.


 Note: For all athletes interested in participating, please send your registration to tafcanlag@yahoo.com Details of registration are: Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Events and Club. 

We expect athletes to turn up and honour our late top notch sprinter; Nkem Ezealah.  
Journalists and media houses are also welcome.
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Ladies In Sports 2016(Prt2): Chioma Ajunwa and Glory Alozie

Yesterday,  we did a review on Mrs Bukky Kabiri-Whyte speech at Ladies
in Sports 2016 and you would recall that Ladies in Sports ( LIS ) conference is a platform for women in Sports to be celebrated, motivated and equipped to be the best they can be.
It is an avenue for sports women and administrators of females in Sports to develop and improve talent and the industry through education, training and a structured reward system. To this end, the LIS 2016 conference was targeted towards athletes from all sports and the Sports media for training in sports medicine, anti doping , PR and Branding and physiotherapy.

After a scintillating talk  from PR expert; Mrs Bukky Kabiri-Whyte. She successfully passed the baton to Nigeria’s first Olympic Gold medalist; Mrs Chioma Ajunwa Oparah who is presently a police officer at Ogudu police station,  Lagos state. She spoke motivationally and explicitly on the topic “THE BEST YOU”

IMG_2837.JPG Mrs Chioma Ajunwa Oparah Speaking
She started with some quotes before giving her speech, she said
.  “Professional people do  not miss stands.”
.” Either you believe you will be great or not you are right.”
.  “When you strive to be ” THE BEST YOU”,  you get better,when you
don’t strive to be “THE BEST YOU”, you become ordinary.
   After the quotes, she gave  steps on how to be THE BEST YOU in your
area of specialization:
. Determine where your passion lies and go for it.
. Study the life of successful people in your area of direction.
. Strive to have a mentor or role model
. Set long and short-term goals: “Training for a year to be a national
champion is possible and it can be seen as a short term goal while
training for four years to be an Olympic champion is also very
possible and can be seen as a long term goal. Set your goals right”
she said.
. Work hard in your area of interest in order to achieve your goal:
The former African Champion,  used herself as a case study here.
“Whenever it’s time for circuit training during my training days,  we
do hundred sit-ups and fifty push ups and immediately I get home, I do
two hundred sit-ups and hundred push-ups and repeat it again before
going to bed. That way hundred sit-ups and fifty push ups will be very
easy for me to do. Hardworking is what matters” She said.
. Don’t let obstacles pull you down.
. Keep a good attitude: Discipline in sports us what matters most.
Even if you have the talent and there is no discipline, you are
nothing! Try to keep a good attitude.
.  Set your priorities right before any other thing.
. Train and retrain yourself in your area of interest.
    She also mentioned ways to be professional in your area of
interest so as to be THE BEST YOU.
1. COMPETENCE
2. RELIABILITY
3.HONESTY
4.INTEGRITY
5. RESPECT FOR OTHERS
6. SELF UPGRADING
7. BEING POSITIVE
8. SUPPORTING OTHERS
9. STAYING WORK FOCUSED
10. LISTENING CAREFULLY

Mrs Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah encouraged all athletes to continue being at
their best always and ask God for direction. She also summed up  her
speech with some quotes like how she began.
“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do even on
the days you don’t feel like doing it”
       “You will be a topic only when you’re on top”
       “It’s never too late or too early to be who you are capable of being”

Before we had a lunch break,  another Olympic Nigerian/ Spanish star;
Glory Alozie-Macaulay held the room spell-bound as she dished out a
topic on how to be successful.

IMG_2836Glory Alozie-Macaulay encouraging athletes

The  100m hurdles African Record Holder said,

‘Preparation is what gives other countries edge over us.  Countries
like Ethiopia and Kenya always emerge top both in Africa and the world
in long distances while countries like Jamaica,  who aren’t half of
Nigeria’s population are ruling the world in the sprints all because
they prepare ahead of us. ‘

Scientifically,  to win an Olympic medal,  it takes about 2, 400
programmed days= 6 years.  Thus for 2020 Tokyo Olympics,  Nigerians
are two years late but we can still make something happen

She added ‘When there is more  investment,  it gets higher skilled
athletes and coaches and this results to better  performance.’

Her advice to athletes,

‘You have to stick to your goals. When we were preparing for the
African Championship. I was dropped because they felt my time wasn’t
good enough to pick a medal at the competition.  My coach had to beg
and I was put back on the team to Cameroon.  Lo and behold I won the
Gold medal in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.62s and a few months
later I went for the World Juniors and I ran a better time of 13.30s.
This was because I was determined.

She ended by saying,
‘As an athlete,  you have to be disciplined.  When its time to train,
always be there. When its to sleep do so as well and when you are
disciplined you excel as an athlete’

After Glory’s speech,  she presented training kits to two  table
tennis players and a track and field youngster; Ruth Usoro,  who
recently won a Gold medal in the long jump at the just concluded
ECOWAS Games was awarded training grants by the organizers.

IMG_2835 Presentation of award to Ruth Usoro

We sincerely apologize for not posting as earlier stated.  This was
due to some technical issues. In that light,  we want you to keep tabs
with this space as we review Mrs Chukwa Adaku and Dr. Akinwunmi Amao’s
speech which is the third and final part of LIS 2016 Conference.

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Ladies in Sport 2016 (PRT1); Mrs Bukky Kabiri-Whyte

Tega Onojaite graciously hosted the Ladies In Sport Conference. The first of its kind in Nigeria and we at ‘AthleticHeat’ were particularly proud of the efforts to reach out to young female athletes in Nigeria with about 15 athletes in attendance, media houses, coaches and sport administrators.

Mrs Bukky Kabiri-Whyte and Host Tega Onojaite 

 Ladies in Sports ( LIS ) conference is a platform for women in Sports to be celebrated, motivated  and equipped to be the best they can be.

It is an avenue for sports women and administrators of females in Sports to develop and improve talent and the industry through education, training and a structured reward system. To this end, the LIS 2016 conference was targeted towards athletes from all sports and the Sports media for training in sports medicine,  antidoping , PR and Branding and physiotherapy.

The LIS 2016 conference will also include grants for 4 young female athletes in table tennis and track events.This project is targeted at developing local athletes and Federations that help promote growth of home grown athletes.

 The first speaker after the welcome address from Vice President of Asian Football Confederation, Moya Dodd was Mrs Bukky Kabiri-Whyte of Bobby Taylor Company. She spoke extensively on Public Relations, the use of social media, athletes sponsorship/ endorsement.

bukky The gorgeous Mrs Bukky Kabiri-Whyte

In her words; Before you become a good PR in sports, there are some things you have to learn.

  • . You need to be able to write like a sports writer.
  • . You have to learn the linqua about the sport.
  • . Before you reach out to people on a particular issue, you need to know how to write a press release.

And this kind of people are really not found in Nigeria and we need more PR people in sports That’s why you would notice that most people aren’t aware of our successes in this part of the world because we do not have people to communicate to the world about us.

 A presenter from SuperSports supported this ‘Nigerian athletes undo themselves. I was the PR of the Super Falcons and I followed them to every training and competition and when I ask them for interviews, they say NO! which isn’t good.’

In Bukky’s response to Chioma Ajunwa question on how her company helps to project that we have great talents in Nigeria and if she has any athlete or coach she manages.

‘Been fantastic is not all, you need a lot of people behind the scene. For now, we do not have any athlete or coach because we basically work with brands but no athlete, coach or manager has approached us yet.

On Social Media, she made it clear that many Nigeria athletes do not have social media power and this is where they lose out on sponsorship.  When you own a website or blog as an athlete, you sell yourself out to the world. It’s important you should be consistent with social media because it is the quickest, fastest and cheapest way to sell yourself.

 Her advice to sprinters is to open a Facebook and Instagram page because a fifteen seconds video on Instagram is enough to tell about yourself. It could be on training or after a competition and as an athlete you have to be selective with the words that you use.

 Here’s what she had to say on Endorsements.

‘Companies would want to know why you should be endorsed or sponsored. How many people are watching you? How many people follow and like your page? Do you guarantee people would go to stores to buy our product because of you? And everything still boils down to social media.’

Another question from Chioma Ajunwa,

‘For athletes who want to get a PR Agency like yours. How does that athlete do that? Instead of waiting for a top athlete, why can’t you talk about sponsoring young athletes.  No Nigerian athlete have ever been sponsored by a big company in Nigeria. If  a company in Nigeria can invite Serena Williams and pay her 500,000USD why cant they put 20,000 USD into young athlete?’

In response, Bukky said ‘Its not about sentiment. It’s a BUSINESS. If Tiwa Savage has 5 million followers on Instagram, and you have an Olympics gold medal with just two followers on Instagram; nobody would want you because it is all about the business of sport and not emotional sentiments.’

At the end of the speech, she said for athlete, coaches or managers who want to contact me should send a mail to bukky@bobbytaylor.com.

Tune in later today as we review the speech by two of Nigeria’s most celebrated athletes Chioma Ajunwa and Glory Alozie.
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CMS Grammar School and Queens College wins at Lagos First Generation School Sports

The Lagos First Generation Heritage Colleges Association(LAFGHECA) inter-collegiate Games which began in 2011 is organized to reawaken the spirit of co-operation and relationship among the first generation schools in Lagos. This schools include CMS Grammar School, Kings College, Igbobi College, Queens College, St. Gregory’s College , Federal Technical Science College Yaba, Methodist Boys High School, Ansar-u-deen, Federal Government College amongst others. The fifth edition of the competition which featured athletics, football, chess, scrabble amongst others was held at the sports complex of CMS Grammar School, Bariga over the weekend. 
Location of the event 

The host school, CMS Grammar School; the first secondary institution in Nigeria won the boys category with 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze medals dethroning last year’s champion, St. Gregory’s College to second place with 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 2Bronze medals while Federal Government College, Ijaniki placed third with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze. 

In the girls category, Queens College Yaba; a leading girls school in the nation who are the defending champion, once again stole the show as they were victorious with 6 Golds, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze. Federal Technical Science College, Yaba was second with 6 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Silver medals while Federal Government College settled for third place with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 3Bronze medals.  
Speaking with the Coach of CMS on their victory. He said ‘In this type of competition, I know the strength and weaknesses of the participating schools and after discovering the athletes for the short distances(100m, 200m) I found out that my strength would not be there, why cant I look into the field events and other games. So the strategy was this, I told my boys to do whatever they could do in the field event and make sure they do their best because other schools that were coming, I found out my boys wont be able to match them in the short sprints and God did it the way I planned it.   
His hope on next edition ‘By next year, I would have a stronger team. I would contend with any school in all events that would be done because I would prepare them ahead. This present relay quartet I have, its not that they are not good but those that came from other schools were better but I hope for the best’ said Mr Friday Akpojotor of CMS Grammar School. 
The next edition of the school games would be hosted in Ansar-u-deen College.

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NIGERIAN MASTERS SHOW THEY STILL GOT IT!!

The 9th Edition of The African Masters held at Limbe, Cameroun was a great opportunity for retired (masters) athletes to show that they still got what it takes to perform even after hanging up thier kits.
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The Nigeria Athletics Masters had a wonderful outing and showcased that quality never dies, at Limbe Cameroun winning 30 GOLD,6 SILVER AND 3 BRONZE.
The Masters competition is in groups of 5 years
35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+
In all athletics events
Some of the most impressive performances include that of Ogunleye Richard(NSCDC) and Oyewole Adeboye(NSCDC) who both won 4 Gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m in age bracket of 40-44 and 45-49 respectively.
13346515_1328482150498693_7657866691577339384_n Victorious Athletes
Achi Solomon dominated the jumps in the mens category of 45-49 winning both the long and triple jump and helping 4x100m and 4x400m team to a gold and silver respectively.
Seriki Oladipupo took home 3 golds dominating the mid-distant events with a gold in the 800m, 1500m and the 4x400m while his female compatriot Anetor Irene claimed the gold in both the 10,000m and the 800m
Horsfall Obeleye and Johnson Elizabeth Izah won gold medals each in the throws in categories  50-54 and 45-49, with horsfall claiming gold in the shot put and discus while johnson winning the javelin and triple jump
masters pics 2Heros of Nigeria
Speaking with AthleticHeat on the event the Secretary of Nigerian Athletics Masters Coach Uruemu Adu has this to say about the event ” I am so happy about the performance of the team despite the teething problems, this is the 9th edition and the second one we have participated in. It shows we can still do our country proud. More so we want the African Masters to grow and Nigeria wants to be part of that growth”
In response to what we should expect from the masters in the future he said ” I am hoping we are going to be more athletes in Abidjan, I want more athletes to embrace Masters athletics for fun and health, We are also looking forward to hosting just masters competition in Nigeria but lack of sponsors is affecting us hosting it, it would be great fun and reunion of great athletes of yesteryear”
He also expressed his passion for masters athletics saying “I am very passionate about masters athletics and I want it to grow in Nigeria and Africa. I am also coordinating the west coast countries to embrace masters athletics, i was in Ghana last year ans hope to get some other countries like Benin, Gambia, Togo to set up their masters athletics
During the championships a delegate meeting was held and elections took place and the results are:
Masters Dr.(Mrs.)Gloria Obajimi was re-elected as the women representative of the body.
Others are:
Leonie Etong-President-Cameroun-re-elected
Smail
BOUCETTA-VICE PRESIDENT-ALGERIA
SAIDOU HANGADOUNBO-SEC GEN
CASSIAN-TREASURER
With the next edition slated for Abidjan,Cote D Voire in 2017 we can only expect greater performances from our past heroes.

 

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