UEW Trio at Commonwealth Games

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), is privileged to be representing Ghana in the trio of Mr. Francis Frimpong, Mr. William Amponsah, and Ms. Gifty Kwakyewaa Oku, all of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (HPERS) at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The Games leverage the transformative and connecting power of sports to bring together and unite a third of the world’s population as citizens of the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.  

Mr. Frimpong, a lecturer at UEW-HPERS and an umpire, is serving as a technical official at the games; Mr. Amponsah, a level 300 Physical Education student, is representing Ghana in the men’s 5000m; while Ms. Gifty Oku, a level 200 HPERS student and a native of Winneba, is participating in the women’s 4x100m team.


Mr. Francis Frimpong, UEW Lecturer, and table tennis and para table tennis umpire


Mr. Frimpong has served as a technical official at major table tennis events such as the 2022 ITTF Africa Cup in Lagos, Nigeria; the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open and the ITTF Africa Cup, Club Championships; the 2019 ITTF Africa Youth Championship, Accra, Ghana in April, 2019; the 2019 World University Games, Napoli, Italy in July, 2019; the 3rd Africa Youth Games, Algiers, Algeria in July, 2018; and the 3rd Youth Olympics, Buenos Aires, Argentina in October, 2018.

Others are the 21st Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia in April, 2018; the ITTF World Tour Platinum Open, Shenzhen, China in June, 2018; the World Table Tennis Championships, Dusseldorf, Germany in May, 2017; the 2016 Rio Olympics Qualification Championships & Africa Top-16 Challenge, Khartoum, Sudan in February, 2016; and the 11th All Africa Games, Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo in September, 2015.


Ms. Gifty Kwakyewaa Oku, a level 200 HPERS student and a native of Simpa


Gifty Oku, a sprinting prodigy, received a call from her country to compete in the women's 4x100m team at the current Commonwealth Games following her outstanding performance at the just ended Federation of African University Sports (FASU) games in Kenya. She clocked a personal best of 11.75s to defeat elite competitors and won the gold medal in the 100m final.

Long distance sensation William Amponsah also had his call-up to represent Ghana in the men’s 5000m in the ongoing Commonwealth Games after his dominance in the long and middle distance race competitions across the country and the West Africa zone three over the past three years. He was also part of the contingent that made UEW and Ghana proud at the All-African University Games in Kenya last June.


Mr. William Amponsah


The three representatives are making the entire university community and Ghana proud. The Management of UEW, and the Sports Directorate, and the entire university community extend felicitations and best wishes to the trio as they compete in the colours of Ghana. 

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth nations. The event is currently ongoing in Birmingham. It started Thursday, 28th July, and ends on Monday, 8th August, 2022.