Mangalore: The Department of Physical Education at St Joseph Engineering College - Vamanjoor, Mangalore organized its Annual Athletic Meet Go For Gold - 2018 on 15th February 2018 at the SJEC College grounds.
Ms Vandana Shanbhag, Arjuna Awardee – Former International Athlete, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The programme was presided over by Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director – SJEC.
VandanaShanbhag, who declared open the meet in her address highlighted the importance of sports in our lives. She also spoke about the impact of sports on health and physical fitness. She appreciated the presence of a large contingent of participants and acknowledged the Management and staff for conducting the event.
The event commenced with a colourful marchpast in which more than 2500 students took part. With their colourful jerseys and banners, each class marched to the beats of St Mary’s English Higher Primary School band.
The torch ceremony was led by Mr Maclean Pinto, Ms Natasha ZareenD’silvaMedal, MsMelitta Lewis, MrBindan D’Souza, who were Medal Winners in VTU Athletics, and MrSreehari, Medal Winner in VTU Wrestling & Represented VTU in All India Wrestling Championship.
The torch was ceremoniously handed over to the Chief Guest for declaring the meet open and was followed by releasing of helium balloons. MsChrisel Ann Pais, VTU medal winner in Chess (3 times) represented VTU and secured 3rd place in South West Zone and 4th place in All India Chess Championship took the oath on behalf of all the participants.
Rev Fr. Wilfred Prakash D’Souza in his presidential address highlighted the importance of sportsmanship through the words of great sports persons and wished the participants well in their events. Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal - SJEC, Fr Rohith D’Costa, Asst Director - SJEC, Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal – SJEC, and Dr Sudheer M, Dean - Student Welfare, were the other dignitaries present on the dais.
Sports committee advisors MrAlister D’Souza, Ms Olivia Sequeira, along with, Asst. Physical Education Director MsVaneesha V. Rodrigues &Mr Jeff Sunny D’Souza were also present.
The inaugural was followed by a series of athletic events throughout the day that witnessed active participation of Students and staff. The event culminated with prize distribution and closing.Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal – SJEC, was the Chief Guest for the Ceremony.