After winning their first-ever gold medal at the 2019 East Africa Secondary school games, the Zana based St Noa Girls Secondary school is poised for more sporting glory. For starters, St Noa Girls Secondary school won gold in Basketball girls during this year’s East Africa Secondary school games held in Arusha, Tanzania. St Noa defeated rivals St Mary’s Kitende in a pulsating finale watched by a big crowd by 73-64 points.

The school director Herbert Walusimbi was delighted upon the recent success, a strong basis for continued investment in games and sports at national and East Africa levels. “The Basketball victory motivates us all from the players, coaches, students and school management. This is history in the making and we vow to maintain sponsoring sports in the school” said Walusimbi.

He cautioned the victorious team upon consistency and continued great performances; “We have won and everyone is happy. We should not be one-hit wonders” Walusimbi added, acknowledging St Mary’s Kitende dominance of Basketball and Netball in the region. Walusimbi also urged the students to have a balance between sports and academics, the main reason they are in school.

Fildauce Namulema, who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, sings praise for the rest of her teammates with special recognition to the coaches, games masters and the supportive school administration.

“To win a championship has never been a one man show. It is a collection of the efforts of different players working together to achieve a common goal. We did it because of the dedication from the rest of the players. I also take this opportunity to thank the coaches, teachers and the school administration that has wholesomely embraced sports in the school,” said Namulema.

The school management organized a thanksgiving party for the winning team held at the school premises over the weekend.

The party was attended by among others executive committee members of the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association as well as the Wakiso Sports Association members.

In his address, Justus Mugisha the President of East Africa Secondary Schools Games Association (FEASSSA) read on his behalf by the School Headmaster lauded the school for the special effort to promote sports among the girl child with special appreciation to the winning Basketball team.

“I thank God for the management of this school. They have proved and showed that sports support is passion. The fruits are evident; you have had a dream and achieved it.” He said.

The winning coaches hailed the special commitment and discipline of the players with a token of thanks to the school director Herbert Walusimbi for his continued love of sports. Uganda won the Overall title at the 2019 East Africa Secondary school games dethroning defending champions Kenya.

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