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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SPORTS SECTION
The Sports Section of the Ghana Immigration Service begun with selected personnel of the Service and civilians engaging and competing in Sports activities on behalf of the Service at competitions and fun games.
It was not until the year 1998 that the Ghana Immigration Service recruited 10 professional athletes to go through paramilitary training. They were made up of sprinters, long distance runners and a javelin thrower.
These athletes won many laurels and medals for the Service. This moved management to form a Sports Section to recruit new sports men who will compete in all the sports activities organized by the Ghana Sports Council and SESSA in 1995.
From ten sportsmen, the section can now boast of sportsmen (men/women) who compete in Volleyball, football, table tennis, athletics and weightlifting.

 

FOOTBALL
The football team was officially formed in 2005. Prior to that, the team was made of selected personnel of the Service who were interested in the Sports. They included the likes of DSI Laud Afrifa now Deputy Commissioner of Immigration.


The female team won their first trophy at the SESSA Games right after they passed out in 2005 hosted by the Immigration Service. They also went ahead to win the 2007 and 2009 SESSA Gold medal for Women’s football. The female football team has produced a lot of players for the Black Queens as well as African Best Player, Adwoa Bayor. They are;

  1. ICO Patricia Mantey                 -     current goal keeper of Black Queen
  2. ASI  Anita Wiredu- Minta
  3. AICO I Anita Ameneku
  4. AICO I Leticia Zikpi
  5. AICO I Evelyn Amaning
  6. AICO II Rosemary Ampem       -     current defender
  7. AICO II Agnes Quaye
  8. AICO II Abigail Sarfo
The female, currently playing in the Ghana National Women league (Premier), whiles the Men play in the Greater Accra division two league.
SWAG AWARDS FOR TABLE TENNIS.
The output of the Table tennis players of the Service is very imminent and has caused the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) to award them in the past years. Below are the recipients and the years they won.
    • AICO I DEREK ABREFA                   -     2009, 2010, 2013, 2016.
    • AICO I FELIX LARTEY                     -     2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
    • ICO CYNTHIA KAWABI                   -     2009, 2012.
    • AICO I LINDA ANNOR                    -     2014
    • AICO I EMMANUEL COMMEY      -     2015

ATHLETICS
The team trains at the Elwak Sports Stadium in Accra and it is handled by qualified and professional coaches who tailor their training sessions with the aim of bringing out the best out of them.
Some athletes have consistently been core members of the national team over the years. In recent times, three (3) of the Service athletes were part of the team that represented Ghana in the Just ended Olympic games, hosted in Brazil. Some of the national athletes the Service has produced include.

  1. SNR. INSP. Andrews Asante
  2. INSP. Daniel Adomako
  3. ASST. INSP. Gifty Addy 
  4. ICO Emmanuel Appiah Kubi
  5. AICO II Dorcas Gyimah
  6. AICO I Emmanuel Dasor

 Some of these are old and have migrated to become coaches whiles others are actively carrying out Immigration Duties.

TABLE TENNIS
The team stated with three (3) ladies who were recruited in 2005. They were later joined by four males and three females. Out of the nine players six of the team members are constantly called up for National team camping. They are;
  1. AICO I Derek Abrefa
  2. AICO I Emmanuel Commey
  3. AICO I Felix Lartey
  4. AICO I Linda Annor
  5. ICO Cynthia Kwabi and
  6. ICO Abigail Tetteh
For the past three years (2013-2016), the male team is rated the best in Ghana. Currently, Derek Abrefa, Felix Commey and Emmanue Commey are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seeds respectively, whiles Cynthia Kwabi and Linda Annor are 2nd and 3rd seeds in the women’s category.

WEIGHT LIFTING
The weight lifting team is made up two personnel, one male one female. They train at the Stadium under the instruction of the National Coach and two newly trained weightlifting coaches of the service.


The female weightlifter, AICO II Ruth Baffoe, is ranked third (3rd) in the whole of Africa in the female 53kg weight category. She also won bronze in the Olympic qualifiers in 2016 and won the same medals at the 2015 commonwealth Games held in Glasgo
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VOLLEYBALL                                            
The team was formed in the year 2003. The first batch of volleyball players were made up twelve males and six females. They were officially recruited for training in 2004 after they represented the Immigration service in the National Sports Festival held in Kumasi in 2002.
The male team has since then won two league titles and one gold medal in the 2009 SESSA Games. They are also one of the teams to reckon with when it comes to volleyball in Ghana.

They placed second in the African zone III volleyball championships held in Benin.
The female team is equally a very good team. The team is currently rated second best club in Ghana and in the African Zone III which comprises of Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and La Cote D’Ivoire.  In May 2013, the female team was crowned champions of the Female African Zone III volleyball Championship held in Lome, Togo. In August 2016 they were afforded the chance to defend their title but luck eluded them and they placed second in the African Zone III championship held in Yammoussoukro in La Cote D’Ivoire.
Both teams participate in the greater Accra league and all volleyball championships. They have also produced many National team players like;

  • ICO George Bortie
  • ICO Paulina Gwalase
  • ASI Christopher Yaw Addo
  • ICO Beatrice Nortey
  • AICO I Humphrey Abeka
  • AICO II Evelyn Haizel
  • AICO I Gloria Mensah
  • AICO II Rashida Aminu
  • AICO II Martha Parbi
  • ICO Charelene Adjei.

CONCLUSION
The teams under the sports Section are also affiliated to various Sports Associations which includes;

  1. Greater Accra Volleyball Association
  2. Ghana Football Association
  3. Ghana Athletics Association
  4. Ghana Weightlifting Association
  5. Ghana Table Tennis Association.
  6. SESSA

The section also organize health and fitness walk for the Service at least four (4) times a year.

 

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