by Diona Dsouza
KUWAIT, MAY 17, 2016 : "Stay fit, stay healthy!" read the tag-line of Sports Mania 2016 which was conducted on the May 13 at Don Bosco's School in Kuwait by the Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY), to foster 'community bonding' for the parishioners of the St. Therese church.
A total of 160 parishioners registered and were segregated into eight teams keeping an equal male to female ratio while also aiming at an age distribution from 16-61.
The event began with an opening ceremony heralded by Father Lionel Braganza who rallied all the teams with an inspiring speech and prayer. As the event progressed, there was healthy competition between the teams, with all vying for the maximum points on the scoreboard.
Father Braganza, then stepped into the arena to organise the final game of the day, 'The Obstacle Race,' which was an apt end to a fun-filled, adrenaline driven afternoon.
Shayne Nair, the organiser said, "Together Everyone Achieves More - was the basis on which the event was conducted. Unity and team spirit are important aspects in our lives and help us grow higher in our journey through life."
"Another event in the pages of our lives worth cherishing came to an end with a smile on everyone's face," said Donovan Ferrao.
The first place was bagged by the Blue Team who were followed closely by the White team in second place and the Green team in third place. There was an overwhelming response to this first of its kind sports event organised by SPY.
Stephanie Pereira, a participant said, "Just loved everything about this event!" Another participant, Varun D'Souza added, "Really awesome event! I can't wait for one more year rather would be happy if we could have it again, next month itself."
Sports Mania 2016 was driven to success by Father Braganza's efforts, the perseverance of the organisers: SPY and the generosity of the Salesian Co-operators.