Applied Scientists Dominate in 2018 Principal’s Trophy

News   Chapter Banda   November 20, 2018
PIC: Dr Nancy Chitera (C) with some of the staff members presenting a trophy to some of the applied sciences students
The Faculty of Applied Sciences at The Polytechnic— a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has dominated in various sports disciplines in the 2018 Principal’s Trophy tournament which was organized by the college’s administration . The Trophy was aimed at encouraging sports activities and promoting good health among the students and members of the staff.

Speaking during the prize presentation on  November 17, 2018  which was held in the college’s main lecture theatre, the Polytechnic sports Administrator , Chifundo Tenthani thanked the management for organizing this tournament.

“We do not take it for granted, we thank our management for honouring us with this trophy,” Tenthani said.

Tenthani outlined some challenges that the sports directorate is currently facing including lack of sports uniforms and sports equipment, poor sports infrastructure, unavailability of transportation, just to mention a few.

He further appealed to the college’s management to take a hand in resolving the challenges that the sports directorate is currently facing.

Speaking at the  same occasion, Dr Nancy Chitera said they decided to reinvigorate the trophy after three years in oblivion to encourage sports and promote good health among students and staff.

“It has been too long since we held this event because our financial status was not good. Despite also not having enough funds this year, management thought it wise to bring it back to our students and staff so that they should not continue staying idle,” Chitera said.

Chitera further said that Sports is part of The Polytechnic’s curriculum, therefore she promised to continue holding these games annually. 

“Students have 13 weeks of studies per semester ,and they need a time to break and relax their minds,” she said.

The Polytechnic Students Union Sports Director, Fexter Banda thanked the management for organizing this year’s trophy as it has helped the students in improving their  athletic talents.

The Faculty of Applied Sciences has emerged overall champions with five gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals. They dominated the games, which included ,football, netball, basketball, volleyball, athletics, weightlifting, lawn tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, wushu, chess, darts and pool.

The Faculty of Engineering came second with five gold, seven silver and five bronze medals while the Faculty of Commerce was on third position with six gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Built Environment finished fourth with five gold medals, a silver and two bronze while the members of staff came fifth with three gold. The Faculty of Education and Media Studies were at the bottom with a gold , a silver and two bronze medals. 

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