Spirit award renamed in tribute to inspirational Lagos coach

Spirit award renamed in tribute to inspirational Lagos coach

A much loved PE Teacher and Athletics Coach who tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 31 will be commemorated with an award named in his honour at this year’s World School Games.

Julius Oniosun, a valued member of the PE department at Lagos Preparatory & Secondary School, was an ever present at the World School Games; his warm smile and gentle nature brought calm and peace despite the cauldron of emotion that went on around him, and he was loved and respected by students, parents, and colleagues alike.

Pictured above is Julius with his Lagos Preparatory School squad at the inaugural World School Games in 2018. Inspired by Julius’ leadership the school have been an ever present at #WSGDubai, improving on every occasion.

WSG director Andrew Cook said: “We were desperately sorry to hear that Julius was involved in an accident in December 2020, and it is extremely sad that we won’t get to see him this year.”

“We felt a fitting tribute to Julius would be to rename the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award in Julius’ honour. He embodied everything that the World School Games is about; a fierce but fair competitor, he treated everyone he met with respect, love, and friendship.”

“Whilst we can’t have Julius there with us in person, we know he will be looking down on us and cheering everyone on with bright eyes and a wide smile, and hope that by celebrating his life he will continue to live on in all of us.”