Oct 21, 2020 Sports
Kaieteur News – School sports are not only great for one’s health, but can also give students a serious advantage when applied to further their studies hence the importance of balancing sports and academics at an early age.
Upper Mazaruni teenage footballer Conway Elliman has shown that sports and education leads to success. Elliman who attended the DC Caesar Fox Secondary School in Upper Mazaruni emerged as the school’s top student at this year’s CSEC examinations.
He was part of the school’s team that took part, in the KFC Under-18 Football Championship in 2019, and although the school lost in the semi-finals, the experience gained was invaluable to him.
“Being involved in sports help you to focus a lot more and help you to make proper decisions,” he said. Sports is important in one’s life so my advice to the youths out there is to take up interest in sports, since work and no play will not get you anywhere, and vice versa, so one has to know how to balance those two,” he stated.
The fifth child of Calio and Videll Elliman, both farmers of Paruima Village, the only Arecuna nation in Guyana, Conway Elliman, from an early age, demonstrated a passion for both sports and academics.
His early years at Primary School saw him in taking part in Under-13 football organised by the Education Department, as part of its Mashramani celebrations, where he was part of a team that was reigning in the said games.
Conway was known for his academic talent and in 2015, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Christ Church Secondary in Georgetown, but due to certain conditions which proved difficult for the youngster, he got transferred to Paruima Mission Academy, in his village.
After spending some time at the Academy, he got transferred to the DC Caesar-Fox Secondary School of Waramadong, the lone secondary school in the Upper Mazaruni Area. He wrote the National Grade Nine Assessment in 2017, where he was able to gain acceptable grades.
During his stay at the said school, Conway managed to balance academics with extra-curricular activities, which according to him, played a major role in him attaining the top spot. When the country recorded its first Covid-19 case in March, forcing schools to close countrywide, Conway was devastated, knowing that CSEC was around the corner and the detriment hinterland students faced because of the difficulty in accessing technology in the village.
But he didn’t give up and made sacrifices; he was somewhat happy when fifth form students were allowed to return to school for revision, although time was limited. When CXC released its results, he gained passes in the nine subjects he wrote, attaining a Distinction in Principles of Business, Grade ones in English A and Human and Social Biology, Grade twos in EDPM, English B, Integrated Science, Mathematics and Spanish, and Grade three in Social Studies.
His parents were emotional when they were informed of his results, because they were unable to visit him during the pandemic and are forever indebted to the Heavenly Father and the teachers who would have contributed to his success. Conway Elliman is forever grateful to Almighty God, his parents, teachers and friends, who constantly encouraged him, contributing to him excelling at this year’s CSEC and copping the top spot at the school.
He plans to further his studies in computer technology, and will continue to balance sports and academics, a major contributing factor to his success, especially as it relates to athletes. “It is important to remind yourself that your education ultimately should come first. The true purpose of school sports is to help build valuable team-playing and time management skills that compliment your academic success.”
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