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Commonwealth 2018: Arco Group celebrates Joy Udo-Gabriel’s shine in Australia, reinstates sponsorship deal

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Arco Group Plc, a leading oil, and gas servicing firm in celebrated the impressive outing of Nigerian athlete, Joy Udo-Gabriel at the just concluded  Commonwealth games in Australia, where she won bronze medal in the 4 × 100m women relay.

Recall that in 2016 the company in its display of commitment towards developing sports in Nigeria,  sponsored two budding athletes, Joy Udo-Gabriel and Jerry Jakpa to the University of Lagos and Port Harcourt.

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Joy and Jerry, were enriched with dedicated accommodation to enable them combine academics and sports training under the supervision of Making Of Olympic Co.

Speaking on Udo-Gabriels win, highly elated Arco Group expressed delight that 18-yr-old Joy is now the third fastest Nigerian girl within and outside the country. Joy is only 18 years old.

Meanwhile, the athlete said at a  press conference recently held in Lagos on that participating in the  Games had increased her desire to win more medals for Nigeria.

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She said since she got the sponsorship through her management firm Making of Champions in 2016, she had been able to combine schooling with sports.

The runner said, “ I am focusing on the  World Junior Championships. I hope to make the team and win gold at the competition. I also want to increase my personal best to achieve my main aim of becoming an Olympic gold medallist.

“The experience I got at the Games was awesome; I got to meet top athletes and competed with them. While running my races, I didn’t even realise that there was crowd. For me, the experience was an eye-opener.

“I am grateful to God and Arco Group, who are my sponsors, because I have enjoyed combining sports with education. I also want to thank Making of Champions Athletics Club for discovering me. I will not say it has been easy but it has been enjoyable. With the sponsorship, all I have to think about is to get better in my races and also focus on my education.”

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Managing Director Arco Group Alfred Okoigun said the company would extend its sponsorship to 2022 because of Udo-Gabriel’s performance.

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