|Fun at Maha Sabha sports day |
HERMAN ROOP DASS Friday, June 16 2006
ORANGE FIELD Hindu Primary School located in the Caroni Education Division, emerged winners of the third annual Athletic Sports Meeting of the 43 Maha Sabha primary schools in the country.
They totalled 71 points to beat second placed Five Rivers Hindu School (63 points) in a keen and exciting day’s competition at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Wednesday.
Initiating the sports programme three years ago was Nal Ramsingh, CEO of Ramsingh Sports World, whose dyna-mism resulted in a number of other business organisations sponsoring events. The first eight schools were: (1) Orange Field 71 pts; (2) Five Rivers 63 pts; (3) Rio Claro 55 pts; (4) Robert Village 54 pts; (5) Gasparillo 49 pts; (6) Seereeram Memorial 41 pts; (7) El Dorado North 35 pts and in eighth position was Ramai Trace Hindu School with 34 points.
The march past contest accompanied by music from the Defence Force Band was colourful and beautifully organised with the winner being Tunapuna Hindu school with 340 points. In second place was Rio Claro with 321 points, third spot went to El Dorado North Hindu school with 312 points, fourth place went to Aranjuez with 304 points, fifth position was captured by Orange Field Hindu school with 299 points, sixth went to Gasparillo with 292 points while Tulsa Trace and Happy Hill schools took seventh and eighth position respectively with 288 and 282 points.
In the boys five to seven age group, Devenish Isaac of Ramai Trace Hindu school was adjudged top athlete. In the girls category in the five to seven age group, Patrice Mackoon of Montrose Vedic School was the top athlete. In the age groups seven to nine, Victor Holder of Five Rivers school, Darnelle Williams of El Dorado North and Kenton de Souza of Gasparillo Hindu were the top male athletes. In this age group in the girls’ category, Tiffany Alben of Riverside Hindu school was the top athlete.
In the nine to 11 age category, Kadeem Romeo of Arima was the top male athlete while Girijaa Ramnarine of Mohess Road Hindu was the top female athlete.
In the 11 to 13 age groups, Derron Dooming of Rio Claro and Makini Wellington of Seereeram Memorial were the top male and female athletes respectively. In the 13 to 15 age group, Kevon Pereira of Five Rivers Hindu and Dominic Edwards of Orange Field were the top male athletes while Marina Mungaroo of Orange Field was adjudged the top female athlete.
Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Sat Maharaj, in formally opening the games, appealed to the principals and staff of all Hindu schools to establish gymnasiums so that pupils will marry “a healthy body with a healthy mind.”
Manchoon Sooknanan, Schools Supervisor III, Caroni, brought greetings from the Ministry of Education and apologised for the absence of Education Minister Hazel Manning “who was otherwise engaged.”
A cultural programme preceded the actual events with the parade of Moko Jumbies, clowns and the Radha Krishna Dance Group.