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Adolescent women in sport are encouraged to broaden their horizons, be inventive, and disciplined

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Madam Elizabeth King, the vice president of the Ghana Hockey Association and chair of the women’s commission, has urged young women who play sports, particularly hockey, to make the most of their free time by getting educated and being creative.

The founder of the Ghana Prisons Female Hockey team gave a speech on Thursday, 6 April, at the Theodocia Okoh Stadium as part of the Sports Women’s Dialogue Series, which was hosted by the Women’s Commission of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to honour International Sports Day. She counselled young hockey players to aim higher in order to become successful women in the future.

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Nonetheless, she bemoaned the fact that so few sports girls are committed to pursuing an education or achieving gender parity.

“Who will succeed us when we are no longer here? I want to beg young women in sports to be self-assured, inventive, and to have a can-do attitude because anything is possible, she said.

She counselled women to identify who can support them and be cordial rather than making themselves their own worst enemies.

DOP It is beneficial to mix sports and education, according to Ms. Patience Baffoe Bonnie, a Director of the Ghana Prisons Service and lawyer who shared her experience as a former athlete. She noted that sports had given her certain skills.

She gave the Dialogue attendees advice on how to become better and more productive citizens, including to be time sensitive, self-controlled, prevent discrimination, and recognise what is beneficial for them.

It is always best to dream large, according to Mr. Adolph Tetteh Adjei, Chairman of the Greater Accra Hockey Association, who presided over the programme. He advised young women to strive for greatness.

The Women’s Commission member and president of the Women Sports Association of Ghana (WOSPAG), Mrs. Joyce Mahama, praised the participants and encouraged them to put what they had learned to good use.

A few of the participants talked about their experiences playing sports.

The discussion, whose theme was “Overcoming the Challenges of the Elite Ghanaian Female Athlete and Social Skills for the Elite Athlete for the Competitive Sports World,” drew a sizable attendance from the hockey community, including Ms Rita Odei Asare, Secretary of the Ghana Hockey Association and Public Relations Officer for the National Sports Authority.

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