THE Vice-President of the Ghana Rowing and Canoeing Association (GRCA), Kamal Sulley, has appealed to the government to help provide equipment for the growth and development of the sport in the country.
He contended that as an Olympic sport, Rowing and Canoeing was experiencing rapid growth among the youth in the coastal areas such as Ada, Keta, Akosombo and Senchi for which reason it was necessary for the state to help equip the association to develop the sport along these coastal communities.
“We need more fibre glass boats which is needed for rowing and canoeing, they are special kinds of boats, we are appealing to the government to help us secure these boats,” he said.
Development through schools
“We are currently liaising with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to introduce the sport at the basic level, but our discipline operates near water bodies, despite that, we want all first and second cycle students to know and appreciate the game,” he told the Daily Graphic.
Already the association has begun a programme in Ada where schoolchildren are made to paddle the canoe across the river to their various schools.
“Our focus is now on the youth, when you look at the youth around water bodies you will realise that they are more into fishing and paddling the canoe, and we need to tap these talents and harness them for the national,” Mr Sulley added.
He is hopeful that with the huge potential that abounds in the country, Ghana would produce many athletes to develop to be competitive at the international level.
Last year, some athletes represented Ghana at a championship in Morocco and their performance has further strengthened his belief that the many more talents abound in the country which need to be identified and groomed into top stars.
“We are on the verge of recruiting more athletes into the discipline, train and harness their talents for the national cause,” Mr Sulley, who has submitted his form to contest an executive position in the Ghana Olympic Committee when it goes to the polls on March 15, said.