ATHLETES from around the city are expected to throng Northlea High School for the National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) and National Association of Primary Heads (Naph) Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
The first school term is traditionally reserved for athletics in the country, but stakeholders in Bulawayo have decided to change as they seek ways of improving performances of athletes in various competitions.
Bulawayo Athletics Association chairman Manuel Mpofu yesterday confirmed the event.
“Northlea High School is going to host the Naph and Nash track and field championships on Saturday. We have invited all the schools from Bulawayo, so we expect a good turnout,” he said.
The events lined up are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1 500m, to 3 000m, walk racing, medley relay and the 4x100m relay in a competition that will see athletes compete in field events which include high jump, long jump, triple jump, discus, shot put and javelin.
Mpofu explained the reasons behind the hosting of the event this month.
“This is a strategy that different stakeholders came up with. It was agreed that we must have athletics all round the year. We want our athletes to remain competitive not only during the schools athletics season. The other reason is because we want to contribute more athletes from Bulawayo when there are international competitions,” he said.
Mpofu said despite the event being specifically organised for schools, they will welcome non-athletes who are interested in taking part in the competition.