Date: December 17, 2017
Talent, as defined by Mariam Webster dictionary, is “a special ability that allows someone to do something well.”
No one is born with a tag that they can be good at certain things, and that is what sports talent academies do to help produce Olympic winners.
Master Papa Yaw Poku-Dwomoh, a 14-year-old member of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Kokomlemle, Accra, and a JHS 3 student of North Ridge Lyceum, has won seven medals from the CANA Zone 2 Junior Swimming Championship Competition for West Africa held in Lagos, Nigeria.
The medals comprised three gold, three silver and one bronze which he won in a 50 metres butterfly and a 50 metres backstroke in swimming.
Together with the team, they picked 27 medals, comprising 12 gold, 9 silver and 6 bronze, during the competition held from October 27-29, 2017 in Nigeria.
In an interview, Papa Yaw Poku-Dwomoh said until 2014, he used to be an asthmatic patient which started at age 4. “No amount of medical treatment was able to solve the problem until I turned 12,” he indicated.
He further noted that when he turned 12 years, a doctor friend of his father advised that he start swimming because it is the best exercise for asthmatic patients. “We were then introduced to a national swimming coach, Mr Kodwo Abiew, of the Ministry of Sport and training, commenced,” he added
Papa Yaw Poku-Dwumoh noted that before his encounter with the doctor and the coach, he used to go swimming with his friends, but that was just for the fun of it. He could not swim for longer hours due to the constant attacks he had from the ailment, but now he is able to swim 5 kilometres without encountering any attack. “The doctor’s advice has really worked,” he stated.
Steve Jobs, once said: “Knowing others is knowledge, but knowing yourself is true wisdom.” Within the space of three years of perseverance, hard work and determination, Papa Yaw Poku-Dwomoh, has swept several medals from both local and international swimming competitions in Germany and Nigeria respectively.
“My main focus now is to train for the 2020 Olympics competition by which time I would be done with my BECE,” he indicated.
He called on other children, colleagues and friends to try to identify and develop their talents. “They should not stop persevering and working hard to make them come alive,” he stressed.
He further urged parents to desist from discouraging their wards to develop their talents, because “it is not all about books.”
Report By: Gina Akua Padi
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