National Sports Festival: Princess Kara Wins Gold To Fulfill Late Coach Opuana’s Last Wish (Audio)

One of the aims of the National Sports Festival (NSF) is to unearth new sporting talents and the 19thedition of the championships in Abuja is certainly living up to those ideals.

Princess Kara of Team Delta became the latest diamond to seize the stage to sparkle when she beat more fancied opponents to win gold in the Women’s Discus Throw at the ongoing 2018 NationalSports Festival on Tuesday, 11 December.

Speaking to after her victory, Kara said she was spurred to victory by the determination to make “many people in my life proud” and none more than her late coach Felix Opuana who passed away on August 27, 2018, and to whose memory her victory is dedicated.

“I just had to this to make so many people in my life proud,” she says, “like they have put in more effort in it like my coach that passed away too, I just had to make him proud because his last wish was like ‘Princess give me the gold’.

“So I just had to do it and I give Godthanks seriously. It’s not by my power, come on, there were bigger sized womenthere with the muscles with the legs and everything but God gave me thestrength I needed to do everything.”

Kara has been steadily building up herself on the athletics circuit having participated in the 2016 National Youth Games and the 2017 National Private University Games. She was also a part of the Nigeria contingent to the Confederation of African Athletics Region II U-20 Championships in Ghana and competed in the 2018 African Athletics Championships in Asaba.

Having announced herself on the national scene, Kara now has her sights set on making a name for herself on the continent at the 2019 African Games where she hopes to sneak in under the radar and announce herself with a bang, much like she has done at the 2018 NSF.

“They won’t know what is coming,” she says about what she has planned for Casablanca 2019.

“They would just see me come that’s just it, I’m not going to tell them anything, I’m not giving them any distance but when they see me throw that’s when they’d know that something has come.”