Rosa Collins Emerges Chairperson Of FCT Athletics Association

Former Nigeria track and field international and second Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Roseline Collins-Okah has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Athletics Association.

An online newspaper, The Niche reports that Collins-Okah’s appointment letter was signed by the FCT director of Sports Mr. Luka Istifanus.

A letter of introduction sent to AFN stated that Collins-Okah’s would be responsible for coordinating and regulating all athletics activities in the FCT and urge the AFN to accord her all needed assistance.

The appointment of Rosa, as she was fondly called during her active years on the track as FCT Chairperson has been hailed as well deserved.

The 53 year old made history as the first African woman to win the triple jump gold at the African Games. Her mark of 13.80m which fetched her the first ever gold medal awarded at the “African Olympics’ held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1995 was an African record at the time.

The three time national triple jump champion who also emerged the National Sports Festival triple jump champion in 1996 in Makurdi, Benue state was Nigeria’s leader of delegation to the 18th World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA last July and superintended over Nigeria’s greatest achievement in the history of the Championships.

Sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan not only became the first Nigerian to win a world outdoor title but she is also the first to set a world outdoor record.

Long jumper Ese Brume also won the silver medal in the long jump event at the Championships.

Rosa’s robust feat in athletics, philanthropism and programme sponsorship are mark her out as one fit for leadership positions.

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