The Best U18 Female Sprinter in Africa

The Best U18 Female Sprinter in Africa

The Best U18 Female Sprinter in Africa
Benedicta with the trophy

Benedicta Kwartemaa is an upcoming Ghanaian Female Amateur Sprinter. She is specialising in the 100m and 200m. Benedicta Kwartemaa is the 2021 GNPC Ghana Fastest Under18 champion in the female category.

We were determined to lift the trophy in 2020 after the devastating disappointment of placing 2nd to one Barikisu who was to run in the seniors. Unfortunately, Covid-19 abruptly ended the competition after she won in Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the Central Region Coach Benito disclosed. The Best U18 Female Sprinter in Africa.

During the covid-19 period we couldn’t have any serious training because of the lockdown and spread of the pandemic. All hopes to compete again were fading off when Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) and GNPC Ghana Fastest Human came up with their programs for the 2021 season. We quickly reorganised ourselves to train and compete. All the athletes and coaches were waiting for this moment because there was no single event for their athletes to compete in for almost a year this was disclosed by her personal trainer, Coach Benito.

The Best U18 Female Sprinter in Africa
Coach Benito & Benedicta

As the saying goes independence was not achieved on silver platter but it was fought for. Mr. Bernard Addo Mensah popularly known as Coach Benito disclosed that, the road to this win hasn’t been easy but with the wonderful support from Mr. Michael Mensah, the Headmaster of Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School (OKESS) and the Sports Committee. Professor Domfeh of University of Cape Coast (UCC) has been very supportive of our course. He accommodates and sees to our comfort anytime we are in Cape Coast. Our families have been our backbone and pivotal to our success in terms of motivation. Many other coaches have contributed in various ways to get this win. Benedicta has set a new record as the only athlete to win all the preliminary rounds and win the finals as well.

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Benedicta Kwartemaa said that she is very excited about this feat she has chalked although she run a personal best (PB) of 12.101 seconds, she feels disappointed that she couldn’t break the 12 seconds barrier.

Going forward the focus is on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and how to make good grades.

Notwithstanding she is also preparing  to make the qualifying time for the World Athletics Under 20 Championships  which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in the month of August  17th-22nd.

The OKESS is delighted to have another Vida Anim as Benedicta Kwartemaa. The Sports Committee also hereby calls on all stakeholders especially the Old Students Association (AHENEMA) and the great old sports performers of the school to come on board to bring back the glory days of OSEI KYERETWIE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (OKESS).

We are very grateful to Mr. Rex Brobbey and GNPC for putting this great competition together.

We thank Mr. Emmanuel Tuffour of Koora Sports Consult for the support.

By Sekyere Richard

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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