‘PAS DE LIMITES’
BY : D. A. Ababio Jnr
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into all your endeavors in life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus and you must not stay there, you must definitely at all cost go beyond them. Like it is said, the only limits that exists are in our minds. Mindset is Everything……
One of a kind who has risen above mere limitations to achieve what’s worth sharing is a young police officer who has been built up through a challenging and rigorous process hitherto. She is arguably one of the finest asset of her club and the national side altogether. She goes by the name Nafisatut Umaru.
She started playing hockey in 2008 at her Alma Mata, Presbyterian Secondary School – Teshie. She was in the course brought to the National Stadium by a volunteer by name Rebecca Wooden from United Kingdom. She then started training with the Real Ambassadors Hockey Club where she got to learn most of the techniques and skills. She was then coached by Mr. Edmund Zankoh.
As time went on, she proceeded to play with then Veterans Ladies Club, moved to Reformers Hockey Club, and then to GRA after a couple of months. She is now a Police by profession and plays for the Police Hockey Club as well.
She competed for the Under 17 side in 2010 at the Youth Olympic Qualifiers. She was then again enlisted to compete in the Junior Olympics Qualifiers where they qualified to play in the Junior Olympics in Germany.
It’s easy to give in to feelings of self-doubt and back down from challenges. But that’s certainly not what a strong woman is all about. Nafisa, as she is affectionately called by her peers has chalked a lot of successes in her hockey career. Some of which were her aims and aspirations. Amongst them are winning the Africa Best Female Player, SWAG Player of The Year 2015, Ghana Millennium Awards and the most intriguing of all, Special Awards from the Inspector General of Police(IGP). She played a great role in the Africa Cup for Club Championship 2015, where she won silver with the Police Team in their maiden appearance of the tournament.
She has also competed in series of Hockey World League. She was very instrumental in the Hockey World Round One Series in Kenya and the Round Two in India last year. The case wasn’t different in this year’s Round one and Two in Ghana and Spain respectively.
In India, she slept with her shin guards, boots and jerseys in the evening after they lost to India by 13 goals to nil in the Hockey World League Round 2 last year. According to her, it was her worst defeat and she regards this moment as her worst moment in her hockey career. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away – Maya Angelou Being able to qualify to the Junior world cup and the period when she won the Africa Best Player was her joyous moments.
However, most experienced Charles Moses of the Ghana Revenue Authority has been her Role Model till date. She has also been inspired by the former captain Georgina Sam in several ways.
Her advice to up and coming young chaps is to be dependent on God in everything and to stay focused. Giving up shouldn’t be an option and no limits should be set up in the mind^^^^^^^^YES………..NO LIMITS