International Olympic Committee (IOC) memeber William Blick was all smiles and felt delighted with the deliberations made during the maiden Children In Sports Conference convened on Saturday in Lugogo.
The inaugural sports webinar organized by Incredibles Sports Hub (ISH), a Ugandan-based sports forum, aimed at providing sports training and mentorship programmes for children aged 4-12 years which was open to parents and older athletes.
Topics such as inspirations, mentorship, education, competition, friendship were are all part of the conversation that tackled how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected both competitive athletes and those in sports for physical fitness.
During the webinar moderated by sensation football analysist and Proline Soccer Academ’s Mark Sydney Mutungi at Uganda Olympic Committee, child athletes discussed various impacts of the pandemic towards sports and what the government should do to better it’s development.
William Blick, the former UOC president commended ISH for the initiative and thought the forum can take more significant strides by deploying it in schools.
“I think what Incredible Sports Hub are doing is very good which is more of sensitization and education. I think that’s very important in Uganda and a lot of it needs to be done. The advice I would give is do this in schools, in other words a lot of motivation needs to be done and sports should begin at schools,” stated Blick.
13-year old Isabella Blick Winifred, the 2017 National Motocross rider of the year and 5 time 50CC national champion and East African champion stressed about the merits of sports which help in the long run.
“I learnt about the other children’s experience in sports and how they cooperate with what they do I think they should just put effort in doing sports and taking it seriously because in the long run its always going to help,” the teenager said.
The Rubaga Girls team footballer added that, “It’s always a great thing that kids have sports with them whether they’re doing it full-time or just as a hobby. I think they parents should just let their kid children start sports and try out what they like to do.”
Elvin Katusiime (Cricket), Samantha Nagawa (Chess), Joshua Kaganda (Basketball), Praise Linsy Achen (Hockey), William Blick Junior (Football) and Noah Blick were the other panelists present alongside their parents.
The conference also featured National Council of Sports chairman and UOC president, Dr Donald Rukare alongside officials from Incredibles Sports Hub.