Selwyn College is the champion of the 2021 National Secondary School Games (NSSC) which was closed this afternoon at Lawson Tama and witnessed by the Governor General, Sir David Vunagi and Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
A total of 42 schools around the country took part in the games ending with the athletic’s track and field event before the winner was announced.
Before the 42 participating school Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare declared Selwyn College as the winner. He didn’t mention other winners but SBMOnline understands that Selwyn College has won six gold medals just as Panatina Community High School, both were also equal on silver at four each – but Selwyn has one more bronze medals after winning four in the games.
Selwyn College had been champions of the Honiara Athletics Carnival which had stopped for years now before the introduction of the NSSC this year.
The schools competed in athletics and other ball games as well as other individual sports.
It started Monday last week with games held in various venues across the city.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the close of the games promised that the government would give $10,000 each to the participating schools to enable them obtain sporting equipment for their schools.
Minister of Education and Human Resource Lanelle Tanangada in closing the games commended the students for their efforts. She said it has been her ministry’s dream in the past few years to bring back the games to a one more truly inclusive one that allows students across the country to compete in such an event.
She expressed her joy in seeing that dream is now realized with the support of those from the Ministry of Home Affairs and other sporting bodies for hosting the event.
Tanangada said the participating students had not only competed but they got to know some other students from various schools across the country.
She encouraged the schools to continue to strive for improvement for future competitions.
“The more you practice the better you become,” she said.
The school games will now be an annual event.