CHINHOYI – Masvingo province athletics team came out tops at this year's edition of the National Association of School Heads (NASH) athletics competitions with 21 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals shrugging stiff competition from the host province who came a close second.
The competitions were held at Lomagundi High School in Chinhoyi Mashonaland West Province on Thursday and Friday last week.
Masvingo Provincial Education Director Zedias Chitiga was over the moon with the team performance and thanked all the participants and the staff for their dedication and sterling work.
"When you go to a competition you expect to win and I am very excited that the team brought the gold medal home, they did a very good job," said Chitiga.
Last year Masvingo was on third position and Mashonaland West were unmoved as they maintained the same position as last year with 21 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze while Harare who dominated the competitions for the past 2 years finished on third position with 20 gold medals, 18 silver and 14 bronze.
Mashonaland East finished on fourth position with 11 gold, 19 silver and 31 bronze medals, Mashonaland Central was on fifth with 10 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals.
Bulawayo had 9 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze to occupy sixth position, Manicaland got 8 gold medals, 18 silver and 17 bronze, Matebeleland on eight had 8 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals, Matebeleland got 4 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze and was on 9th position with Midlands getting the wooden stick with 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 6 bronze medals.
The competition was also used to select Under-15 and 17 athletes to represent the country at the Confederation of School Sports Association of Southern Africa (COSSASA) athletics championships to be held in Harare.
Ten students from various schools in Masvingo province namely Miriam Madaingwe, Marry Mashoko, Tatenda Nhundu, Joshua Chininga, Ian Mwandiringa, Vanessa Chinoni, Dandaiso Dambudzo, Douglas Chiurawa, Trevor Njinga, Martin Magumeni will represent Zimbabwe at COSASA games.
Masvingo Province head in charge Edward Mashiri attributed his team's success to good preparations and support from the province's stakeholders.
"Our preparations were better than last year, we had camping for our athletes, we had financial support from NASH provincial executive, our competitions from district level were well organized, our coaches are highly qualified so a win for us was a fair result," said Mashiri.
Sekai "Vitz" Mugore from Mutambwa High School stole the limelight by breaking the NASH 3 000 meters record when she clocked 9 minutes 15 seconds and Nhundu from Dewure High was crowned the individual best at national level.
Nhutu won gold in U15 100m, 4x100m and 4x200m.