Administrator seeks women participation in sports
The administrator, Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Lagos Rev. Sister Patricia Oguejiofor has traced the disparity in women participation in sports as against men to myth, societal perception and lack of family support.
She spoke at the school?s 24th inter-House Sports at the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) Sports Complex.
She blamed the African culture, which she said, sees physical activity as the exclusive preserve of the men, while stigmatising or ostracising women with similar interest.
?Here I recall with nostalgia an aunt of mine who could not marry due to her male-like strength, agility and power. I could recall that no man dared challenge her for she would silence anyone who tried it,? she said while fleshing up her claim.
Debunking the age-long myth that sports and exercise were harmful to the woman reproductive system, Oguejiofor argued that such fallacious claim have relegated women?s participation in sports to the background for ages.
?But the truth is, childbirth is easier and delivery is faster for women who identify with sports during pregnancy. Support in the form of spiritual, moral and financial aspects of life which are vital to success in sports will rather be given to the male child than the girl child. We are glad that things are getting better now,? she said.
Sister Oguejiofor said sports are veritable instruments for societal change and self-actualisation as they entertain, foster unity, healthy living and are channels for the demonstration of youthful exuberances.
Special guest of honour, Mr Laolu Oguntuyi, described sports as a balanced way of promoting mental and physical development among youths.
According to Oguntuyi, a Director at the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Board (LASTVEB), an ideal school must possess good sporting besides teaching and learning, noting that sports is an avenue through which the government can nurture future talents that will represent the country at international sporting activities.
?The physical body and minds of children are developed during sporting activities, while young talents are also discovered in the process,? Oguntuyi added.
At the events, White House came first with six gold medals, six silver and two bronze medals, while Red House which came second got six gold, five silver and seven bronze medals and the third position went to Green House with five gold, three silver and four bronze medals.