Respected members of faculty and participants of the 2017 CEESA Girls soccer tournament.
I welcome you all to the friendly and picturesque city of Skopje in Macedonia to participate in this years tournament. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all participants, coaches, support staff and parents. The reason for us all coming together is the strong commitment to girls football, and to the development of our youth through friendly sporting competition.
This tournament is a wonderful opportunity for all participating teams to learn from each other, share ideas and build lasting relationships. We urge you all to take full advantage of this opportunity and use it to develop your skills and friendships, both on and off the field.
I would like to share with you this quote from Jesse Owens, the legendary American athlete who won four gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. It goes like this, “Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, but friends gather no dust.”
Once again welcome and I wish you all the very best of luck for a strong and exciting competition.
Russell O'Neill Elementary and Middle School Principal
NOVA International Schools
Skopje, R. Macedonia