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Father Gough presents athletics kids to St Augustine’s High School

Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Saint Augustine’s Senior Secondary School of Banjul has continued to benefit from the incessant support of its former legendary in the person of Father Joseph Gough, former principal of the school.

The latest support Gough rendered to his alma mater was the presentation of athletics kids to the athletics team of Saint Augustine’s.

 Gough, who was in attendance to donate tracksuits for 34 kids and other items to the school, said he felt extremely delighted to return to the school he administered for a very long time.

“I am very happy to donate these items to Saint Augustine’s School and I want you to do well with the materials,” he challenged the athletes, who are the reigning champions of the schools athletics championship.

The presentation ceremony spearheaded by Martin Gomez, principal of the school, was held at the school’s premises in Banjul yesterday morning.

Martin Gomez, in his speech, lashed praises on Father Gough describing him as the most successful principal the school has ever had.

Gomez said: “I think this school is one of the luckiest schools in the country for having had the opportunity to have the likes of Father Gough to serve as the principal of the school.

“I always say he (Father Gough) is the most successful principal the school has ever seen and he has still continued to help the school even after his departure.

“He has already left a great mark in the school and this time it is the turn of the athletes [to benefit from his generosity].”

According to Gomez, the presentation followed a series of support rendered by Father Gough, which also included basketball and football materials among others.

He also promised the donor that St Augustine’s School will retain the athletics accolade come March.

“These are the sort of assistance we are looking forward to receiving from great men like Father and we want to assure him that the next time he comes to the school, he will meet the athletics trophy in the trophy cabinet of the school,” the confident spoken Martin Gomez said.

The biggest support Father Gough has rendered to the school to date is the laying of an artificial turf at Saint Augustine’s Senior Secondary School amounting to US$100,000.

In a separate but similar presentation, British couple Christine and John Carter, through Mamudou Max Jallow, executive secretary of the National Sports Council, donated gymnasium materials to Saint Augustine’s Senior Secondary School that same day.