After an intense five days of technical tutoring and competition, winners have emerged from the maiden edition of Ikoyi Club Lawn Tennis competition for Secondary Schools in Lagos State. It was sponsored by a leading soft drink manufacturing company, Seven-Up Bottling Company.
ThankGod Adakole from Falomo Senior High School defeated school mate 2-1 to grab the male senior category trophy, while Ozioiza Yakubu from Gilbrata Secondary School emerged the female single senior category winner. Ohunene Yakubu also from Gilbrata went home with the female junior category medal, while Silas Isaac, a JSS 3 student from Master Moulders Secondary defeated another public school player to win the male junior category.
Various participants who got to the quarter and semifinals were given award of encouragement, while coaches and other officials were recognized for their efforts and contribution to the success of the competition.
The competition, which was targeted at developing talents and training the trainers had over 240 students male and female from the public and private secondary schools in attendance, as well as senior tennis coaches with the support of National Tennis Federation.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Chairman Tennis Section, Ikoyi Club, Mr. Abimbola Okubena noted that participation of players and coaches was outstanding as the aim of the competition and clinic was met.
One of the greatest score of the five day competition was the train the trainer session, which focused on shaping the technicality of the tennis coaches.
He added that there would be follow up on the clinic to sharpen the young star on technicality, game rules and overall flair for the game, adding that they are the future of tennis development in Nigeria.
Male single winner, ThankGod Adakole, applauded Ikoyi club for the idea and Seven-up for giving a lead to developing young talents.