Dr Elsie Kaufmann, a biomedical engineer with the University of Ghana, Legon and quiz mistress for the National Science and Maths Quiz competition, has lauded the Women in Sports Network Ghana (WISNETGH) for the promotion of the girl child in tennis.
She was the guest of honour at the organisation’s annual sports “Girls Camp.”
Moved by the excitement of the young girls, Dr. Kaufmann, urged them to take the sport serious to become icons in future.
Narrating her journey to the top, she advised the girls to be hardworking, focused and study their books to become responsible adults in future.
She asked the young girls, aged five to 15 years, to put their shoulders to the wheel, keep focus and strive to even achieve better than she has achieved so far.
This year’s event marked the introduction of other sports including taekwondo, tennis and rugby.
Founder of WISNETGH, Madam Philippina Frimpong thanked her for the audience and called on women in places of authorityto partner the agency to set-up similar camps in their communities, to introduce a lot more girls to sports.
She revealed that the ‘Girls Camp’ idea was borne out of a research she conducted in countries like India, Brazil and South Africa where girls in deplorable living condition and susceptible to social vices were brought under various girls camps, using sports to change their lives.
“In Brazil, they use sports to rehabilitate teenage mothers who after giving birth refuse to go back to school. So they set up these camps in the community and introduce games like football, volleyball and handball to them to get them back to the school while their kids enjoy tuition as well.”
BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY