Don't neglect old heroes – Former PE Coordinator

Koforidua (E/R), Dec. 5, GNA – Madam Juliana Apau-Senkyi, a former Physical Education (PE) Coordinator for the New Juaben Municipal Education Service has called on government to use services of old sports personalities to tap their expertise to develop sports in the country.

She said, it would be essential for government to tap the ideas of these old people, who during their days, contributed immensely in their various capacities to help in the development of the nation.

Madam Apau-Senkyi, one of the finest gymnastic coaches the country has produced, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said, she is motivated by the inner satisfaction of the job and the acknowledgement she gets from people, which is very important to her.

She said during her days as a PE Coordinator, she trained many people for gymnastic displays during the celebration of independence anniversary nationwide and helped develop sports talents within the Eastern Region of the country.

At the age of 75, she is still contributing in her own small way, and during the celebration of Ghana’s 57th independence anniversary, she guided the young people to exhibit some Gymnastic display at the Koforidua Jackson Park.

Madam Apau-Senkyi, who started work in 1968 and formerly retired in 2001, urged government to support the various sporting disciplines to ensure that Ghana is put on the sporting map of the world to enhance the image of the country.

She said those who have served diligently must not die before they are recognized and given state burials, but rather, they must be recognized and rewarded in their life time.

She advised sports men and women to be dedicated and sacrifice to help promote sports development in the country.

Madam Apau-Senkyi, for the past eight years, has been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and had undergone three operations to get her back to shape.