The Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE)’s National Sports Academy was part of the Mashonaland Central Province team that participated at the National Association of Secondary Schools Heads (NASH) and the National Association of Primary School Heads (NAPH) National Athletics Championships. The championships were held at the Midlands Christian College in Gweru from the 27th to the 28th of March 2019. The team performed exceptionally well and occupied the second (2nd) position overally.
The junior team was represented by Linnete Zembe and David Nyamufarira whilst the under 17 team had Paul Marandu, Brian Ndlovu and Priviledge Chikara. The senior team was represented by Dorothy Kavhumbura, Dickson Kapandura and Norman Mukwada.
As they locked horns with other provinces, the athletes presented a unique and exhilarating performance as they exhibited their diverse athletic techniques complemented by great physical prowess. All the traits combined succeeded in raising the BUSE, Chipindura High School (where most athletes are based) and the Mashonaland Central Province’s flags high.
Overally, the BUSE National Sports Academy athletes accumulated thirteen (13) gold and two (2) silver medals out of sixteen gold and, four (4) silver medals which were obtained by the whole Mashonaland Central province. Of notable achievement was Norman Mukwada who scooped six (6) gold medals and Dorothy Kavumbura who scooped three (3) gold medals.
In addition, Linnet Zembe and Paul Marandu qualified to represent the country in the prestigious COSSASA Championships to be held in April in Swaziland. They will be participating in 100m races and javelin respectively.
The Chairman of NASH Mashonaland Central, Mr S. Manhimanzi commended the BUSE National Sports Academy for the wonderful job they are doing particularly in spearheading elite sports development at school level. “This should see the country reaping the much needed medals at most of the major continental and international competitions among them the Olympics,” he said.