The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, has congratulated sports men, women and officials of the University of Cape Coast Sports Team on winning the 25th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games held at Tamale.
The Vice- Chancellor, therefore, promised that the gallant men and women would be rewarded appropriately for projecting the image of the University through sports.
“ I must say that I am very proud of you. We will find a way of rewarding you accordingly. I think UCC we have gotten to a certain stage. where we got to reward people for certain things that they do. And we will think about how we will reward you. We will find a way of showing appreciation to these gallant men and women not only in words but in kind. Thank you very much for making UCC very proud,” he said.
Prof. Ampiah made these remarks when the Sports Team called on him at the Council Chamber to present to him the overall trophy won at the GUSA Games and another won during the GUSA Cross-Country competition held at Tarkwa.
Last month (January), the Sports Team won a total of 38 gold, 25 silver and 14 bronze medals to emerge champions of the 25th GUSA Games organised for public universities.
By this feat, UCC has won the competition four consecutive times and will therefore keep the trophy, which is permissible under the rules governing GUSA Games.
He said the remarkable performance of the sports Team was an indication that UCC was not only good in academics, but also a giant force to reckon with in sports.
“We are both good in the academic and sports areas”, said the Vice- Chancellor.
He encouraged the gallant sports men and women to also take their studies seriously to justify their competences in both in academics and sports.
Prof. Ampiah further announced the restoration of Tuesday afternoon periods for sporting activities in the University to enable students to participate in sports.
“We should make the Tuesday afternoon free again so that sports men and women will have the benefit to practice.” Prof. Ampiah stated, admitting that “Sports is one of the most important endeavours in the University”.
The Chairman of Sports and Recreation Committee, Dr. Charles Domfeh, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the warm reception.
He noted that the success of the Team was achieved on the principle of team work, discipline, perseverance, winning spirit, hard work and commitment on the part of both officials and athletes.
Dr. Domfeh, who led the sports delegation, expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor and management for their immense support to the Team and also restoring Tuesday afternoon for sporting activities in the University.
The move, he said, would go a long way to nurture talents for the University to win more laurels in every competition.
The delegation included the Vice-Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Eugene Darteh; the Head of Sports Section, Dr. Daniel Apaak; the SRC President, Mr. Henry Tony Arthur, and some members at the Sports Section.
The Registrar, Mr. J.K. Nyan; the Acting Director of the Directorate of Public Affairs, Major (rtd) Kofi Baah-Bentum, were present at the meeting.