GNOC 4th Women and Sports festival set for September 29

Monday, September 21, 2015
The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) Women and Sports Commission is set to organize the 4th Women and Sports Festival, with the theme: “Promoting Olympic values in sports for women and girls”, on September 29.

The Commission is organizing this event to greatly raise women and girls’ self-esteem and inspire them to continue to train, compete and develop specialized skills in governance, coaching and refereeing. The exercise is also undertaken to implement the principle of equality between men and women.

The festival, which will be held from 29 September to 3 October 2015, will feature a one-day national forum, an Olympic wrestling competition for girls, a 3 on 3 Basketball competition and a Tug-of-War competition for girls and women.

The forum, to be held at the Djeliba Hotel, will bring together 110 sportsmen and women, sports associations, female sports veterans, sports administrators and the media on 80% women and 20% men proportion.

The topics to be discussed at the forum include:

a.Regular Physical Activity for the Enhancement ofPhysical and Mental Health, and Well-Being;

b.Promoting Self-Esteem andEmpowerment;

c.The Triumphs of Women and Girls in Sports.

The sports activities of the festival will showcase the Olympafrica Centre’s role in introducing young people to the Educational Values of Olympism with its membership of 47 affiliated schools from both the Lower and Upper Basic School and provide the opportunity for national sports associations to reach out to schools and identify rough talents for development.

The Festival Schedule is as follows:

29th September 2015 Official Opening of WAS 2015 and the forum @ Djeliba Hotel

30th September 2015 Olympic Wrestling Competition for Girls @ Serekunda East

01st October 2015Women Tug-of-War @ Serekunda East

03rd October 2015 3 on 3 Basketball for Upper Basic Schools and Closing @ Stadium

Author: Namory Trawally, GNOC Information Assistant