THE country’s 10 provinces will converge at Peterhouse College in Marondera on March 20-21 for the National Association for Secondary School Heads (Nash) national athletics championships.
Stiff competition will be expected during the two-day show as the competition will be used to select athletes to represent the country in the Confederations of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) championships to be held in Botswana in May.
Head-in-charge of athletics Philip Chikomwe said they are preparing for this year’s competition.
“Peterhouse College is going to host this year’s Nash national athletics championships. It is a very important event because we want to pick a team that will represent the country in the Cossasa games in May. We are looking at surpassing the records that were set in last year’s competition in the Cossasa games,” he said.
Cross-country events are lined up for the first day with the
Under-16 girls, Under 16 boys and Under-17 girls taking part in the 4km race while the Under-20 girls will feature in the 6km race.
The Under-17 and Under-20 boys will participate in the 8km race.
Other events lined up for the first day of the competition are 300m hurdles, field events which include long jump, triple jump, discus, high jump, and javelin while the 100m sprint, 800m, 400m, 1500m and 4 x 400m relays are lined up for the first day.
Events lined up for day two are 3 000m for Under-16 girls and boys, Under-17 girls and the Under-20 girls, the 5 000m race is for Under-17 boys and Under-20 boys while the athletes will also battle for supremacy in triple jump, discus, javelin, shot-put, 100m hurdles, 200m and medley relays for Under-17 and Under-20 age-groups.
Chikomwe said the competition was also important because that was where the future athletes come from.
“We hope that the competition will be of very high standard because we want to see athletes who have participated in this competition representing the country in future. We have athletes like Michael Songore, Nyasha Mutsetse and Ruvarashe Muzinde who have represented the country in international competitions,” he said.
Defending champions Mashonaland East have dominated the Nash championships title as they won it 2011, 2012 and last year so it remains to be seen how they will fare this year.