McClean Dzidzornu, a wheelchair athlete was the toast of fans at the maiden Dan deVan Paralympic sports festival held at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Held by Dan DeVan Group of Companies in collaboration with the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), the event attracted a number of para-athletes from the regions to compete in four disciplines which saw Dzidzornu putting up a spirited display to end as the most promising on the afternoon.
Dzidzornu demonstrated great ability in the wheelchair racing event which he eventually won with a time of 46:33 seconds.
He was trailed in second and third positions by Yakubu Abubakari with times of 46:34 seconds and Garfa Hussein Abdul in 46:34 seconds.
Ashitetu Seidu emerged fourth and first lady to cross the finish line but in an unimpressive time of 56:47 seconds.
Dzidornu returned to defeat Francis Boateng in the singles tennis event before partnering him to emerge victorious in the tennis doubles finals.
He also played a part in the Blues’ victory over the ‘Whites’ in a basketball exhibition game.
In hand cycling, veteran Alfred Adjetey Sowah was too strong for the other competitors, opening a yawning gap approaching the final stretch before winning in a time of 39:10 seconds.
Richard Mensah followed in second position in a time of 44:39 seconds with Emmanuel Agyare in third with 46:55 seconds.
Daniel O. Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of Dan deVan Group of Companies, sponsors of the event said it has come to stay on the sporting calendar of the nation, adding that, “we are ready to commit resources to sustain the “event to provide the Physically Challenged a platform to compete.’
Commending the athletes for the performance exhibited on the day, Mr. Mensah urged them to think positively and set reasonable targets and train hard to achieve them.
He said it was sad that very little resources have been made available to paralympics despite the success they have chalked in international games, adding that, “with this little support we have offered, we hope that new talents will emerge to keep the flag of Ghana high on international platforms.’
By Andrew Nortey