HARARE school, Girls High basketball team clinched the I Believe Breast Cancer Under-20 girls tournament hosted by Girls College in Bulawayo on Saturday.
The Harare school beat Nkulumane High 22-12 in the final in the competition which saw seven schools taking part.
Speaking on behalf of the organisers, I Believe Sports Academy, former basketball player Allan Mavhunga said the tournament went well although other schools could not turn up due to examination preparations.
“The tournament went well, although five schools could not make it, I think the reason being ‘O’ and ‘A’ level exams preparation.”
Girls College, Girls High, Evelyn, Ihlathi, Nkulumane, Usher and Founders participated in the tournament. Nkulumane made their way to the final after humiliating Usher 42-12 while Girls High dismissed Ihlathi 28-8.
For winning the tournament, Girls High got a Breast Cancer Awareness trophy courtesy of Blue Bay Roller Meal with Nkulumane also getting a runners-up trophy.
Nyasha Katsatse who was voted the most valuable player walked away with basketball sneakers, while all participants grabbed a Blue Bay 5kg mealie-meal bag and T-shirts.
Representing Breast Cancer Alleviation in Zimbabwe, Dr Wilson Mandere gave a lecture about the deadly disease while Molly Richardson, who survived the disease in 2011 after being operated in India, told the girl child of her experience with the disease.
Present was Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo who appreciated the efforts by Blue Bay to bring an awareness campaign through sport.
“I appreciate the efforts by the sponsor to bring breast cancer awareness through sport and I challenge each and every one of you to spread the message to others who are not here,” Moyo said.
McDonald Chironga, the sponsor hailed the tournament as a success.
“The tournament was a success considering that we managed to bring awareness among students about the deadly disease-breast cancer. I was impressed about the way the doctor carried out a lesson about breast cancer and I hope students benefited from the lecture,” Chironga said.