The Annual Athletic Meet GO FOR GOLD – 2017 was held at SJEC on February 16th 2017 in the College Grounds. Shri Ivan D’Souza, MLC and Chief Whip of the Karnataka Legislative Council was the Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony. Mr Peter and Mrs Mary Mascarenhas, parents of Late Princia Mascarenhas, were the Guests of Honour for the programme. The programme was presided by Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director – SJEC. Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal of the college, Fr Rohith D’Costa – Asst. Director, Dr Rio D’Souza Vice Principal, and Dr Vincent Crasta, Dean- SWAA were the other dignitaries on the dais. Mr Rajesh K and Mr Alister D’Souza, Sports Committee Advisors along with Ms Vaneesha Rodrigues, Physical Education Director of SJEC were also present.
The sports day commenced with the beautiful march past by the students for drum beats of St Raymond School Band. More than 2500 students participated in the March Past, class wise dressed in their class jerseys, and assembled in the College Grounds. Joyal Tauro of IV year Civil (SJEC Athletic Team Captain) led the March Past, Saleeka Shama IV year E & C (Athlete, Volley baller), Vijethraj IV year E & C (Athlete, Volley baller), Faheem IV year Mechanical (Shuttle Badminton) and Lourina D’Sa IV year Mechanical (Athlete, Volley baller) marched with the College Flag followed by the all classes starting from MBA, MCA, BE classes and the East Timor students.
The college choir group led the invocation. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director – SJEC welcomed the gathering. Following by the flag hoisting by the Chief Guest, the Torch Ceremony led by Ms Kripa Maria Sebastian from IV-year CS (Medal Winner in Hammer Throw) commenced and the torch was carried by Mr Gokul Martis IV-year CS (Medal Winner Athlete), Mr Antony Varghese IV-year Mechanical (Medal Winner Athlete), Mr George Varghese IV-year Mechanical (Medal Winner Athlete), and Mr Mohith Swaroop IV year Civil (Athlete, Foot baller). The torch was handed over to the Chief Guest to declare the meet open. Balloons were released into the sky by the Guests of Honour and top athletes of SJEC.
Declaring the meet open, Shri Ivan D’Souza in his address spoke to the students about the importance of sports in developing the courage and strength to face life’s challenges. Drawing from his own experiences, he pointed to the relevance of sports and games in an individual’s success and related it to the Nation’s growth. The event also paid homage to Late Princia Mascarenhas, whose untimely death recently had caused much pain and grievance to all.
Ms Chrisel Pais IV-year Mechanical (Medal Winner Athlete) took the oath on behalf of all the participants. As mark of celebration 10 Kadina traditional crackers were lit out. Mr Rajesh K, Chairperson sports committee proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Joel Concessao compeered the programme.
The closing of the ceremony of annual athletic meet was held at 5:30 pm. Vice Principal Dr Rio D’Souza was the Chief Guest. Mr Alister Dsouza, Chairperson of Sports Committee welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr Rohit D’Costa Asst. Director of SJEC presided over the function.
Ms Vaneesha V Rodrigues - Physical Director proposed the vote of thanks and Mr Nithin Heraje conducted the prize distribution ceremony. The college flag was lowered and the meet was declared closed and concluded with the College Anthem.
(Kindly watch this space for the list of winners and more pictures)
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