Zim schools athletics team for Durban championships

Enock Muchinjo

A ZIMBABWE Schools Athletics Select team leaves the country next week for Durban to participate in the South African Provincial Schools Athletics Championships.



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A squad of 21 boys and 17 girls drawn from nine top schools around the country has already been announced.



The athletes were selected during local field and track competitions contested at provincial and national levels.


Track events to be contested include sprint distances – 400m, 100m, 110m hurdles, 800m, 1 500m and 3 000m marathon events.


The field events consist of long jump, triple jump and discus.


A lot will be expected from the Zimbabwe team in the sprint events in which the all-conquering Prince Edward contingent is the team’s main medal hopefuls.


Bruce Gomiva and Farai Mawi-ndidze lead the record-breaking sprinters.

Also included in the team is female triathlon champion Ashleigh Finnaughty of Arundel School who will take part in the 400m and 800m track events.

Other potential medalists are long and triple jump national champion Mthulisi Mguima of Bulawayo’s Christian Brothers College and Eaglesvale sprinter Linda Ntini, young sister to Yvonne who set the schools’ sprinting scene alight three years ago.


Zimbabwe has taken part in the tournament over the past two years.

Trip facilitator and team manager Cath Rheeder of Arundel School said the main purpose of the trip was to expose the young athletes to international competition.


“We have done fairly well for the past two years that we have been participating and although we didn’t haul many medals we were happy with our performance.


“We expect to go a gear up this time around,” he said

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