Patricia Aguti and Simon Mwidu share six things in common.

The two are humbled, both are aged 16 years old, they attend the same primary school (Busitema Primary School), are in primary seven, they are fast young athletes and are lucky.

On Thursday, February 25, the duo has each received $500 for excelling in activities of Late Major General Francis Nyangweso Olympia Africa Center.

Handing over the dummy cheque and the hard cash to the parents of the two pupils in Kampala, William Blick the president of Uganda Olympic Committee lauded the effort of the budding athletes and challenged their parents to put the money into efficient use.

I congratulate Aguti and Mwidu for your efforts in excelling in such a talent identification programme.

To the parents, use the money efficiently especially to front the education of the pupils

Mwidu and Aguti excelled in athletics, computer literacy and Olympic value theory and practical classes.

Flanked by their parents, Topista Mugala (a single mother of 6 children including Aguti) and Wilberforce Namwigalo (father of 12, Mwidu inclusive), the two winners looked timid but excited.

“It gives me joy to have won. I look forward to maintaining my form and becoming a top athlete when I grow up” a shy Patricia Aguti told Kawowo Sports.

The initiative was introduced in Uganda in 2009 and is expected to run every year as a way of talent identification.

The Major General Francis Nyangweso Olympia Africa Youths Center in Busia is the home of the project that was started by Senegalese, Ibrahim Mbaye and is funded by the International Olympic Committee through the Uganda Olympic Committee.

It is coordinated by Mustapha Mugerwa, who accompanied them to Kampala to pick the monies.

“The competitions were held between 6th – 8th November 2015. There were 10 boys and girls apiece. These two were the exceling ones in the three catergories we had” Mugerwa clarified.

One of the parents, Topitsa Mugala, who lost the husband Richard Oloka, the money will help them to run the family and buy scholastic materials.

“The money will help the family as we buy some scholastic materials and a new school uniform because Patricia (Aguti) is under the Universal Primary Education programme” the single mothe of six children added.

Major General Francis Nyangweso Olympia Africa Youths Center is an affiliate of the International Olympic Committee.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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