‘Nationals’: Portrait of ‘Champion Girl’ to be erected at Company Road Primary

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Company Road Primary came alive on Monday when its student, nine-year-old Akella Dover, was given a surprised hero’s welcome by her teachers and the Regional Education Department of Region Four.

The occasion, which was a red carpet affair for Akella and her parents, was as a result of her exceptional performance at the just concluded 58th National Schools Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Championships.

Akella, running in the Under-10 category, convincingly won her four races, which were the 100, 200, 400 and 1000 meters, thus capturing the Champion Girl title in that category.

The young lady, who was greeted with screams, shouts and applause from teachers and students, was evidently taken aback by the event. Her father, Michael Dover, said his daughter’s discipline and determination are the primary reasons for her success.

He pointed out that he and her mother, Carol Adams, support the young athlete in many ways and remain committed to her talent, which they said was discovered since she was in nursery school.

“When Akella was in nursery school her teacher told us that this child can really run and that we should support her. We decided to do that and she has been training every day as she recognises that hard work will pay off,” he said.

Her father disclosed that her regiment included going to school and after school attending lessons after which she would go to training thus returning home very late many nights.

“Sometimes she would reach home from Georgetown after training until 10.30 pm and next day she returned to do the same thing but she understands that if she will do well that she needs to train every single day and that is what we have been instilling in her so as parents we are very proud of what she and her coach have done because I can tell you that this is just the start as I see my baby going very far,” he boasted.

Head teacher of the school, Ms. Arita Stephen-Mc Kenzie, was emotional as she expressed congratulations and thanked the petite nine-year-old for letting people know that talent abounds at Company Road Primary.

She thanked the parents for providing the environment and support so that the young lady can excel at the championships, urging them to continue giving their support in every way possible.

“We at Company Road Primary are exceptionally happy as we are very impressed and overwhelmed by the performance of Akella. We are confident that she will continue to excel and that is why we are proud to say thank you to her and her parents because they have once again highlighted that this school possess some great talent and come next year I am confident that this young lady would increase the gold medal tally,” she confidently said.

Meanwhile, Regional Education Officer (REDO), Ms Tiffany Favourite –Harvey, said that she is still very elated over the energised and electrifying performance of the young lady who left many in awe with her performances.

She said that the region is very proud that young Dover represented very well and for this the region feels indebted in making a meaningful contribution to her for the stellar performance.

As such, she was presented with a significant financial contribution towards her educational pursuits while her school presented her with a similar contribution for her to spend during the Christmas holidays.

The REDO also announced that Dover will also receive a major book award, which will see her having monies to purchase several books, while she was also presented with a trophy on behalf of the Region.

“Performances like these tell a great story as it shows that irrespective of who you are anyone can do great things, all you need to do is to believe in yourself and to work very hard towards achieving it, whether it’s athletics, cricket, football, academics you name it, you can do well once you are determined and decide that you will work diligently and sincerely towards your goals so I want to see more Akella Divers coming out of this school. Next year when I return I must see more Akella Dover being honoured because you have decided that you will work equally hard and be dedicated to whatever you choose to do as you all can do great things because in each of you there are greatness,” she assured the very attentive students.

After the presentation of trophies, gift basket and monetary awards young Akella Dover along with her parents, REDO and teachers of the school took a toast in recognition of her performance. The REDO also made a disclosure that a large poster of the young lady’s achievement would be erected within the school compound to serve as motivation for other students.

Company Road Primary came alive on Monday when its student, nine-year-old Akella Dover, was given a surprised hero’s welcome by her teachers and the Regional Education Department of Region Four.

The occasion, which was a red carpet affair for Akella and her parents, were as a result of her exceptional performance at the just concluded National Schools Athletics and Track and Field Championships held at the Leonora Track.

Akella, running in the Under-10 category convincingly won her four races, which were the 100, 200, 400 and 1000 meters, thus capturing the Champion Girl title in that category.

The young lady, who was greeted with screams, shouts and applause from teachers and students, was evidently taken aback by the event. Her father, Michael Dover, said his daughter’s discipline and determination are the primary reasons for her success.

He pointed out that he and her mother, Carol Adams, support the young athlete in many ways and remain committed to her talent, which they said was discovered since she was in nursery school.

“When Akella was in nursery school her teacher told us that this child can really run and that we should support her. We decided to do that and she has been training every day as she recognises that hard work will pay off,” he said.

Her father disclosed that her regiment included going to school and after school attending lessons after which she would go to training thus returning home very late many nights.

“Sometimes she would reach home from Georgetown after training until 10.30 pm and next day she returned to do the same thing but she understands that if she will do well that she needs to train every single day and that is what we have been instilling in her so as parents we are very proud of what she and her coach have done because I can tell you that this is just the start as I see my baby going very far,” he boasted.

Head teacher of the school, Ms. Arita Stephen-Mc Kenzie, was emotional as she expressed congratulations and thanked the petite nine-year-old for letting people know that talent abounds at Company Road Primary.

She thanked the parents for providing the environment and support so that the young lady can excel at the championships, urging them to continue giving their support in every way possible.

“We at Company Road Primary are exceptionally happy as we are very impressed and overwhelmed by the performance of Akella. We are confident that she will continue to excel and that is why we are proud to say thank you to her and her parents because they have once again highlighted that this school possess some great talent and come next year I am confident that this young lady would increase the gold medal tally,” she confidently said.

Meanwhile, Regional Education Officer (REDO), Ms Tiffany Favourite –Harvey, said that she is still very elated over the energised and electrifying performance of the young lady who left many in awe with her performances.

She said that the region is very proud that young Dover represented very well and for this the region feels indebted in making a meaningful contribution to her for the stellar performance.

As such, she was presented with a significant financial contribution towards her educational pursuits while her school presented her with a similar contribution for her to spend during the Christmas holidays.

The REDO also announced that Dover will also receive a major book award, which will see her having monies to purchase several books, while she was also presented with a trophy on behalf of the Region.

“Performances like these tell a great story as it shows that irrespective of who you are anyone can do great things, all you need to do is to believe in yourself and to work very hard towards achieving it, whether it’s athletics, cricket, football, academics you name it, you can do well once you are determined and decide that you will work diligently and sincerely towards your goals so I want to see more Akella Dover coming out of this school. Next year when I return I must see more Akella Dover being honoured because you have decided that you will work equally hard and be dedicated to whatever you choose to do as you all can do great things because in each of you there are greatness,” she assured the very attentive students.

After the presentation of trophies, gift basket and monetary awards young Akella Dover along with her parents, REDO and teachers of the school took a toast in recognition of her performance. The REDO also made a disclosure that a large poster of the young lady’s achievement would be erected within the school compound to serve as motivation for other students.

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