Bulawayo Metropolitan Province has selected 158 athletes to represent the province in the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games set for Hwange next month.
Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) co-ordinator for Bulawayo Province Sam Dzvimbu attended the selection event at White City Stadium on Wednesday which saw athletes from Khami, Reigate, Bulawayo Central and Mzilikazi districts jostling for slots to represent the province in the games.
“The event categories included football for the hearing impaired, football and athletics for the intellectually challenged, as well as track events for amputees. Each district brought in at least 40 participants,” he said.
Netball and goalball for the visually impaired was played at Mpumelelo and Mabuthweni Primary Schools.
The field events on offer included javelin, discuss and shot-put at White City.
Bulawayo Central amassed 14 gold, 14 silver and seven bronze medals. In second place was Reigate who also got 14 gold, six silver and five bronze while Mzilikazi was third with 13 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze.
It was a disappointing performance from Khami as they only managed to get four gold, three silver and one bronze.
Dzvimbu said winners of the Bulawayo Province competition will go into camp from April 5-10 at a yet to be announced venue.
“We are yet to confirm the venue where athletes will camp. But as a province, we want to have enough athletes and be able to field them in all events as this will increase our chances of attaining more gold medals. Our aim is to get to pole position at the national finals,” he said.
The local organising committee has identified venues for next month’s games.
Athletics will be at Hwange Stadium, with wheelchair basketball at Don Bosco College, while Lwendulu Hall will play host to goalball.
Five and 11-a-side soccer will take place at No 1 Old Ground and Sports Pavilion, with netball at Nechibondo Secondary School Wheelchair tennis will be at Megawatt Tennis Courts while the command centre will be at Hwange High School.