Governor Willie Obiano received the athletes at his Aguleri Country home in Anambra East Council Area.
Government House Correspondent, Ejike Abana reports that the athletes who won a total of thirty seven medals, including six gold, nine silver and twenty two bronze medals ere presented to the Governor by the state chairman of Sports Development Commission, Mr. Tony Oli.
A performance by ten year old Stephanie Onuzurike who won gold, two silver medals and one bronze thrilled the audience.
While gold medalists were received cheques for one million naira each, silver medalists received five hundred thousand naira, while bronze medalists went home with two hundred and fifty thousand naira each.
Anambra state government also specially recognised coaches, while the overall best coach went home with one million naira.
According to Governor Obiano, his administration will continue to advance sports development in the state.
The Governor congratulated team Anambra for making the state proud, asking those who won to always defend their medals, while calling on those who won silver and bronze, to strive to make gold, even as he urged other participants who did not win any laurels to train harder.
Also speaking, Mr. Oli who applauded the Governor for supporting the commission, recalled that when he assumed office, the last competition team Anambra attended, the state won only one medal.
He said that the present administration has repositioned Sports in the state, revealing other programs of the commission in the coming days including finals of academicals, Anambra state volleyball league, Anambra basketball league, among others .
Speaking to the press, little and energetic Stephanie who was visibly happy, said that she started to train at two years, expressing optimism that she will train harder for more laurels and greater heights.
Physically challenged Njideka won silver medal qualifying her for the olympics.
Traditional Ruler of Aguleri, Igwe Michael Idigo, Special Adviser to the governor on Disability Matters, Barrister Chuks Ezewuzie, among others, attended the event.
Highpoint of the event was presentation of cheques to the ten year old Stephanie Onuzurike who won one gold, two silver medals and one bronze and presently the overall best gymnast in Nigeria.