SECONDARY schools from the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province are expected to start their athletics season early so as to prepare for upcoming competitions lined up for the school term.
National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) Bulawayo Province chairperson Pilate Tshuma yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that they were expecting secondary schools from Bulawayo to prepare for various competitions.
“We are now expecting secondary schools to start the athletics season. They should also adhere to the various age-groups in their preparations. Last year we performed very badly in the national championships, so we need to improve this year,” he said.
“We have already reviewed why we did not do well in last year’s competition. The main reason why we performed badly as a province was that we did not have a high calibre of athletes. However, we are going to rectify that this year.”
Tshuma said they had started off on a good note as some of the teachers had attended a four-day coaching and officiating course held at Gifford High School last week.
“Our teachers attended a coaching and officiating course at Gifford last week. So we are now hoping that this will also be of benefit to the province as we need to prepare for upcoming events,”
They include NAAZ Youth-Junior-Cadet Championships to be held in Harare, provincial cross-country and provincial track and field events to be held in all provinces as well as the national cross-country championships and the NAAZ track and field championships.
The schools will also be preparing for the Nash provincial track and field championships and the Nash national track and field championships to be held at Peterhouse College, Marondera, in March.
Bulawayo finished at the bottom of the medals standings while Mashonaland East defended their Nash national title in Harare last year.