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Girls’ athletics meet utilised for health education

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Girls’ athletics meet utilised for health education

Rural Development Trust (RDT) and Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) organises the ‘10th Rural Athletic Meet for Girls’ at Anantapur Sports Village (ASV).

This athletics meet gives the girls an opportunity to meet and interact with more girls from different parts of rural Anantapur and spend a great time over two days participating in sport, cultural activities and more.

Athletics has been used very often as one of the most basic of sports competitions in many schools throughout the country. RDT used it too, to give the girls of rural Anantapur an opportunity to express themselves and come out to participate in the practice of sport.

RDT began its first competition in 2007 and has gradually moved thereon to host its 10th rural athletics meet for girls this year. The two-day affair had all the girls arrive on the evening of 21st October 2016 for the meet. The meet was held on 22-23 October 2016 at ASV.

As many as 310 girls from some of the most remote parts of Anantapur participated in the athletic meet. They represented 31 villages of six regions of Anantapur and came in from the hamlets and villages in and around their representative region. The girls could participate in as many as nine track and field disciplines: 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, high and long lumps, shot put, discus and javelin throws.

Apart from the sporting events the girls were also given a basic health check-up. This ran throughout the course of the athletic meet. It was organised to assess young girls for any basic health related issues. This health check-up would eventually make for a great way to educate the girls about personal health and hygiene related issues.

The girls also participated in a cultural evening around a campfire. The cultural evening allowed the girls to get away from the clutches of their regular lifestyle - lifestyle that would normally involve them in the daily household chores and also social seclusion owing to the fact that they are girls, under the guise of their safety.

“The girls were very happy to participate in the athletics. However the cultural evening brought immense joy. These girls seldom get an opportunity to interact with so many individuals. Some due to their remote locations some due to their restrictive environment at home. We are very happy to have been able to give them this opportunity to display their sporting prowess along with an opportunity to mingle with so many other girls” said Mrs. Vishala Ferrer, RDT director of hospitality.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 11:49