GNPC Fastest Human Project…The Journey So Far

Reks Brobby, Founder, Ghana Fastest Human

From March to August each year, organisers of the GNPC Ghana Fastest Human host 100m competition for all the regions using the five cities that have tartan tracks in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast and Tamale.

The competitions are open,
meaning anyone can try out for free and the categories are in the U-10, U-15,
U-18 and seniors. This is for both male and female.

After the nationwide 100m
exercise, the organisers will select the fastest 300m out of the lot and in
September, camp them, polish them and send them to Kumasi to find out which one
of the regional champions will be crowned the overall GNPC Ghana’s Fastest
Human for that year.

This has been going on in the
last six out of the proposed seven- year 100m project. Ghana’s proven strength some
years ago prompted the organisers to roll out the sprint-oriented crusade, and
the programme has one more year to go, ending its first phase in 2020.

After the September final and working
with the Athletics Association and other international schools in the US, some
gained full athletics scholarships to international schools in the US, where
they are polished with the aim of supporting such schools win laurels, with
Ghana becoming the ultimate beneficiary for international competitions

Not everybody gets the
opportunity to travel abroad and the many that are left behind are camped and given
same tutorials in the GNPC Speedsters Club with support from Adidas.

Later, four to six of the best
potentials from the year under review are camped for a year in a well-furnished
apartment, fed with the best nutrition, kitted with Adidas, taught by the best
local sprints coaches and sports psychologists, among many other things.

The 2018 winners ‒ Grace
Obuor and Edwin Gadayi ‒ are
currently in the GNPC Speedsters Club and have already won gold medals at the
African U-20 level.

They are currently in camp preparing for the African Games in Morocco scheduled for August 19 to 31.

From The Sports Desk