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    Masvingo NASH athletics team finishes third




    SYDNEY MUBAIWA

    MUTARE
    – The Masvingo NASH provincial athletics team that left the city last week for the national competitions held at Hillcrest College in Mutare has come out third and maintained the same position as last year.
    Masvingo scooped a total of 50 medals which are 15 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze.
    Harare province emerged the winner of the National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) National athletics competitions as it walked away with a total of 41 medals, 28 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze.
    The hosting team Manicaland province which was number four last year came second with a total of 60 medals; 19 gold, 23 silver and 18 bronze.
    Mashonaland East which has been dominating the competitions for the past four years finished the competitions at number 4 with a total of 45 medals; 12 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze.
    Mashonaland West which was at number seven last year managed to get 10 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals to occupy the fifth position. Bulawayo finished at number six this year with a better improvement as compared to last year's competitions with 8 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze, Midlands was at seventh position with 7 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals.
    Matabeleland South got 6 gold, 12 silver, 16 bronze medals to occupy the eighth position.  Matabeleland North maintained its ninth position with 6 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals. Mashonaland Central finished at the bottom of the medals' standings with 5 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals.
    The competitions were also used to select U-17 athletes to represent the country at the Confederation of Southern African Schools (Cosasa) championship in Namibia. Speaking at the competitions the guest of honour Permanent secretary for Primary and Seconday Education Silvia Masango Utete said sport is an integral part of the new school curriculum and should be taken seriously.
    "I would like to thank you all for participating and to know that what is critical is not to win but to participate and cross the finishing line. Sport is an integral part of school curriculum so it must be taken seriously and children can actually grow big in sports," Said Utete.
    Philip Chikomwe who is the NASH National Head In charge of Athletics said he was impressed with the high level of competitions displayed at the National NASH competitions.
    "All the provinces were represented very well during the inter-provincial NASH competitions . We have been disturbed by the rains on one of the days.  We have picked a very good team which I think will bring us a very big number of gold medals at COSASA in Namibia," said Chikomwe.
    NASH president Johnson Madhuku told the Mirror that the event was very competitive and went on  well despite the rains which disturbed the athletes. He also anticipated a first position at this year's COSASA games.
    "There was high level of competition, we have seasoned athletes who participated and represented the country before but here they tested their own medicine. This time we are going to take a strong team to Namibia and I am very sure that we are going to take first position there," said Madhuku.
    Madhuku also said a comprehensive training programme for the athletes will be implemented to ensure that Zimbabwe win more medals in Namibia
    Apinos Chiwara the head in charge for athletics representing Harare province attributed his team's second victory to well-planned preparations and support from the province.
    "Our preparations were better this year as compared to that of last year. We had camping for our pupils, we had financial support from NASH executive, our competitions stretching from district level were well organized  and all of our coaches are highly qualified so  a win for us was fair," Said Chiwara.
    Masvingo Provincial Head In Charge for athletics Sinos Mugura was impressed with the number of gold medals scooped by his team after the event. He said team Masvingo laid a very good improvement this year because of an increase on number of athletes to take part in the cosasa games.
    "We are very happy to finish this event at number three, the competition was very tough this year. I am very happy that we have more athletes to take part in the cosasa games," said Mugura.
    Masvingo 's first day this year was very organized . They managed to get 7 gold medals at day one as compared to last year when day one was finished while they had only a gold from Nyasha Vhudzi.
    Masvingo's outstanding performances were displayed by athletes like Hardlife Machira, Tinevimbo Takawira, Maxwell Zvandaziva,Shingirirai Ngorima and Patience Chikepe.sport news

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