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55 winners from different age groups demonstrate high-quality performance in variety of sporting events

On March 7, 2016, the final round for the boys’ category of the Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC’s) ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ campaign ended. The finals brought high student turnout, gathering well-skilled athletes of different school levels from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. The initiative is part of the nationwide efforts to develop the skills of young student athletes and raise the level of sports and health awareness among learners of different age groups across the country.

A total of 894 students qualified for the finals after surviving various elimination rounds held in a span of four months in various participating schools. In an exciting atmosphere, students of different levels competed in friendly matches such as judo, taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, athletics, swimming, fencing, archery, football, basketball, handball and volleyball.

A special closing ceremony was held at the Petroleum Institute to award the top three winners for primary, secondary and high school levels with prizes and medals. H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Director General of ADEC, senior officials, faculty members, parents and students attended the ceremony.

Dr. Al Noaimi congratulated this year’s winners, commending their strong performance, competitive spirit, tireless efforts, and continuing quest to improve their talents to achieve higher levels of excellence and success. Their dedication actively contributes to the local sports sector and boosts the country’s regional and global positions in terms of producing young talented athletes.

The final competition was held in six different locations. Matches for judo, taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, basketball, volleyball and handball were held at The Petroleum Institute; athletics, Armed Forces headquarters; fencing, archery, swimming, Mubarak Bin Mohamed School; and football, Hamoodah Bin Ali School (primary), Abdul Jaleel Al Faheem School (secondary), and Al Ittihad School (high school). A total of 13 teams and 55 individuals from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region have emerged as winners across all cycles, sports and categories in the Boy’s category of the ‘Champions of Tomorrow 2015-2016.’

For his part, H.E. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of School Operations, ADEC, said: “The ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ campaign demonstrates the importance of providing an integrated local platform to attract the brightest local young athletes and encourage them to continue to work hard and develop their competencies and athletic skills. This will actively contribute to the creation of a progressive sports community in the country. The campaign also recognizes the important role of having a healthy lifestyle and engaging in sports activities to catapult the country into the regional and global ranks. We congratulate this year’s winners as we affirm our commitment to support and organize more innovative initiatives to achieve our leaders’ vision and raise the country’s name in international sporting events.”

The final round for the girls’ category will be held today (March 8, 2016). A total of 882 students from various schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region will compete in 11 sporting events.

- ADEC Media