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Sierra Leone Sports: Veteran long distance runner takes club athletics to Koya

Veteran national marathon runner, Joseph Kamara aka Tibombor, has established club athletics in the Koya Rural district for the first time in the history of the sport.
His initiative to form the club which he named Koya Rural District Athletics Club (KRDAC) was widely accepted and supported by the people of Koya who have been longing for such development over the past years.
The new club has attracted huge number of membership ranging from pupils within the surrounding villages and 4-Mile. The membership is also open to all class of people that have good intention to promote athletics.
Speaking to Kamara during one of their training sessions at the Songo community field, he averred that establishing the club has been his dream for a very long time. As a former athlete, he believes the best way to achieve his goal is by going after his dream which he has succeeded in doing.
The veteran marathon champion said the establishment of the club has captivated the minds of the natives especially Principals and Teachers of primary and secondary schools who have showed great interest in the area of developing the athletes with the notion of getting them ready for major domestic competitions.
“For a start, we devoted the club to teenagers so as to be able to sustain the life span of the club. Since its formation, many individual have been very helpful to us by providing our basic needs to give their children the opportunity to do the sport”, he added.
Due to his relentless effort in ensuring the athletes train twice a day, both the Songo community field and the Ernest Bai Koroma Mini Stadium at 4-Mile were made available to him. And they are training on a daily basis.
The Public Relations Officer of the Club, Idrisa Amza Priesley, said they are committed to developing young athletes to take over sprint or long distance races.
“We have some good athletes with great running talent, and with intensive training they’ve been getting from the coach, I think Koya will be the next home of athletics in the country”, said the club’s PRO Priesley.
One of the upcoming athletes, Pyne Jackson said they are grateful to be the first set to recognize Koya athletes currently training with the club. Citing, it is a big opportunity for them to showcase what they can do in other to reach the top level.
The ideology of forming clubs in the regions have yield dividend for the national association with most of the current national athletes coming from the provincials towns.
There persistence success in winning medals at major events has showed how serious they are in terms of training despite not having all the facilities they needed to be stars.
“Competitions hosted in Freetown in 2017, the north and eastern regions outclassed athletes in the western area to win gold and silver medals in top events. Thus, this tells there are more hidden talents out there in the provinces and if only the Athletics Association of Sierra Leone have the resources to fund the coaches to scout them, they will produce good athletes for the future.”
By Magdalene S Konneh
Friday January 12, 2018.

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