President of the Nigeria School Sports Federation, Olabisi Joseph, has assured that the body will maximise the potential of students at the second World School Athletics trials, which gets underway on Wednesday (today) in Abeokuta.
The event serves as qualifiers for the International School Sport Federation U-18 World School Athletics Championships in Turkey from June 19 to 25, as well as the ISF U-15 World School Sport Games, which will be held in Brazil from August 19 to 27.
Joseph recalled that the first edition of the trials has given the NSSF the impetus to stage the second and get more representatives for the country following the revelation of Ronke Akanbi, an SS1 pupil from Ogun State, who won gold in the girls 3000m race at the 19th ISF Gymnasiade in France in 2022.
The 18-year-old schoolgirl’s record run broke the 33-year-old national record of 9:41.28 in the event, which was set by Itsemhike Anwalimhobor March 22, 1989 in Benin City.
“Last year, the athletics trials was an eyeopener because we were able to see that there are abundant talents in Nigerian schools. For example, the girl that won gold is from Yewa college, a community school in Ogun State