In March this year, Africa’s leading sports management company, Making of Champions (MoC) unveiled eight athletes who they had selected from The 2015 Top Sprinter competition to sponsor them academically and see to their welfare on the track. Today will go down in history again as they added 5 athletes to make it a total of 13 athletes under their watch.
They are Blessing Obarierhu, Blossom Akpedeye, Glory Nyenke, Saheed Jimoh and Segun Ahigbe.
These new athletes can hope to emulate their colleagues already in the club enjoying varying benefits that comes with representing Making of Champions.
The athletes will get to travel to different meets across Nigeria, such as the AFN Golden League and National Trials, with MoC sponsoring their travel, accommodation and feeding whenever representing the Track Club! 2017 promises to be exciting as some of them may even be in the frame to represent Nigeria at Youth (U18), Junior (U20) or Senior levels!
From left to right: MoC’s Enugu Head Coach, Uchenna Emedolu, Chiamaka Egbochinam, MoC’s Lagos Head Coach, Deji Aliu and MoC’s CEO, Bambo Akani
It’s also a day that won’t be forgotten so soon for 15 year old, Chiamaka Egbochinam whose performance this year was superb after finishing in the bronze medal position in the 100m and 200m at The National Youth Championship in a time of 12.08s and 25.25s respectively caught the eyes of Oil and Gas company, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) who recently awarded a 2-year Secondary School Scholarship to the young sprint star.
Egbochinam’s scholarship covers her tuition, accommodation, nutrition, training and competition costs for the next two years towards the completion of her senior secondary school education. SNEPCo has relocated Egbochinam from Ontisha to study at a top private school in Lagos, while she trains with Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu, who is MoC’s Head Coach in Lagos.
Reacting to the positive development, MoC Founder/CEO Bambo Akani said:
“I think it’s a historic moment in Nigerian Athletics – I don’t think we’ve ever seen a secondary school athlete get a scholarship from a company like Shell, or any other corporate organization in Nigeria.
“It’s really an indication of what potential she has to be a star for Nigeria in the future and also an indication of how much Shell wanted to help Chiamaka and give her a good education to help her realize her immense potential.”
Hearty congratulations to all the inducted athletes and also Egbochinam Chiamaka!
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