Koforidua (E/R), Hundred of basic school girls from the Presbyterian Schools in Koforidua have gone through a colour belt promotional test in Taekwondo.
The exercise was under the auspices of the National Sports Authority, in collaboration with the Municipal Education Unit.
It was aimed at instilling discipline and strengthening the young girls through training in the various taekwondo skills.
The girls went through three months of training and were tested in ‘attention focus’ and ‘taekwondo exhibition’, after which they were promoted from white nine keup to yellow eight keup.
Out of the 100 girls who participated in the two separate tests, eight of them were given awards for the brilliant taekwondo display.
In the ‘attention focus’ test, Angela Afenyi Hammond came first, with Seyram Atsu taking the second position. Mercy Asabea and Sandra Ofosua Djan placed third and fourth respectively.
Angela Hammond again came first in the taekwondo test followed by Salifu Faridad, with Priscilla Ohenewaa and Eugenia Padi placing third and respectively
All the other participants also received certificates.
Addressing the participants after the display, Mrs Gifty Horsu Fianu, Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Sports Authority said, taekwondo enhances self-esteem by heightening one’s physical and mental powers.
She said with taekwondo training, vulnerable girls cannot be intimidated and they would also be able to defend or protect themselves against attacks.
Mrs Fianu said taekwondo practice demonstrates respect, humility, honour and character, which are values that are hard to find in the youth of today.
Ms Benedicta Addo, Vice Chairperson of the Eastern Regional Taekwondo Association, urged parents to ensure the effective education of the youth and also encourage them to practice taekwondo and other sporting activities.
Source: Ghana News Agency