Nimo (Njikoka LGA)-A Training camp set up by former Anambra State Head Coach, Track and field, John Igboka has continued to raise top athletes, even with little support from Government.
The training camp, located at St Michael’s Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Nimo is aimed at training all track and field athletes from the state.
Igboka, who doubles as National coach, high jump said another aim was to engage youths in different sporting activities to be able to realise their dreams performing in top-rated competitions.
Igboka noted that he had trained no fewer than 25 youthful athletes in many sports at the camp.
According to him camp has hostel accommodation for those who would be coming from distant places.
The field event coach said he brought so many athletes to limelight through sports like shot put, sprints, javelin, high and long jumps as well as the quarter-mile.
The athletes include the likes of Amaka Onyeocha, from Abagana who now specialised in shot put, Ebele Agbapuluonwu from Onitsha who made it in the 400 meters. Both now reside in Bahrain.
Others are Ebuka Ude from Nimo, a javelin champion in Italy and Smart Onejeme from Awka, a shot put champion now U.S.-based.
Igboka whose area of specialty was the high jump said he was able to engage them in other events like hurdles, triple and long jumps and the throws.
He said that he was able to train some of these youths from the training he acquired at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) approved centres.
For you to be a good coach, you are expected to be knowledgeable in basic skills in athletics,” he noted.
Igboka emphasized that there was need for people to always engage in wellness and fitness exercises.
He cited the upcoming Onitsha City Marathon (OCM) as opportunity that people could utilise to burn off calories in order to stay healthy.
The coach commended the organisers of OCM for bringing the event to the consciousness of the people, stressing the importance of physical fitness could not be over emphasised.
An athlete, Jude Okafor, whose area of specialty was the 200 meters sprint from Mbaukwu, Awka South LGA hailed the coach for his efforts at harnessing the potential of youths.
Uzoemeka Nwakachi from Anaku said that he was elated at an opportunity, to bring out the best in him.
Source: Anambra State Government