Prisca Origbo, Popti Pataka and Pleasure Orji have emerged winners of the 2022 Navy Sailing Club boat race sponsored by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Yakubu Wambai.
The a few arrived initially, second and 3rd respectively amid other winners that emerged all through the race.
Equally, Jeffery Japhet, Jason Japhet and Raphael Menekpo came 1st, next and third respectively in the Kayaking for boys class, although Benedicta Japhet, Nancy Menekpo, Amarachi Ukeji arrived 1st, 2nd and third in the Kayaking for women classification.
Speaking in the course of the ceremony, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Yakubu Wambai, has promised to support the Navy Sailing Club in organising boat races for growth of aquatic sport in the region.
Wambai who was represented by Commodore Duke Edem stated he also desired to see additional energetic participation of junior officers as customers of the Navy Sailing Club.
His phrase: “This will provide as a platform to acquaint the officers with swimming and other aquatic pursuits to improve their total efficiency as soldiers and sporting activities associates through competitions.
“So, I implore the govt to have additional patronage of junior officers now in the sailing club so that they can substitute the veterans amongst us in upcoming functions.
“I promise to provide necessary support whenever the need occurs, bearing in head that the FOC Boat Race is an yearly function for sailors to showcase their drinking water sporting skills.”
Wambai described the importance of sporting activities, inside of the Nigerian Navy noting that athletics is a unifying element and that the value of sporting activities could not be around-emphasised in the development and conditioning of the intellect and human body.
He known as on the club to develop on much more amenities and convey in additional innovation to the club and their pursuits in subsequent editions.
He reported: “Furthermore, I advise the new excos to be diligent, clear and prudent in managing the offered sources at disposal when expecting highest cooperation from the associates for the duration of their a person yr tenure.
“The boat race was done according to laid down guidelines and I commend all the athletes that participated for the safety protocol which was observed.”
Previously in his tackle, the Club’s Commodore, Simon Mayaki, stated that the main aim of the competitiveness was to establish a sailing culture and sea faring abilities among associates.
Mayaki, nevertheless, solicited for a lot more assist to equip the club and athletes in buy for the activity to proceed to expand in the place.
“Our boats and sails are outdated and we need new platforms and outboard engines to power our boats.
“In the very last two several years, the subvention from the Navy Headquarters that was given as aid for the day-to-day working of the club has been stopped.
“Please, if this subvention can be reverted, it will go a prolonged way at sustaining the improvement which the club has reached so much,” he explained.
Also, the basis Club’s Commodore, Rear Admiral Andrew Okoja (retired), stated he was content with the competitiveness but observed that there was space for additional improvements.
According to him, “The boat golf equipment are the social experience of the maritime and Nigerian maritime is one particular of the largest in terms of cargo in Africa.
“So, we will like to mature the competitors to contain contributors from other sailing golf equipment to further give much more publicity to drinking water athletics.”