BULAWAYO Metropolitan Province’s National Secondary School Heads (Nash) athletics provincial team is expected to go into a five-day camp from Thursday at Northlea High School in preparation for inter-provincial competitions scheduled for March 19 and 20 in Masvingo.
The provincial team was selected during the Nash inter-district athletics competitions that were held last week at White City Stadium.
Bulawayo will compete against Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, the Midlands, Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Harare in the competitions set for Masvingo at South Eastern College.
The team will be under the guidance of Mbonisi Ncube and Vusa Mlilo, sports directors from Sikhulile and Luveve High schools respectively.
Provincial head in charge (athletics) for Bulawayo Province Peter Gambiza said the team currently conducts afternoon training sessions to allow athletes to do their registration process.
“We have asked the athletes to come for registration at White City Stadium from Monday till tomorrow (Wednesday) so that we prepare their documents and photos.
“The afternoon training sessions are being conducted to make time for the registration. The actual training will start on Thursday (tomorrow) when athletes begin their camp,” Gambiza said.
Athletes who will excel in the 17 and under category will be selected into the national team that will travel to Lesotho for the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) games which will be held end of April.
Townsend sprinter Yvonne Vanhuvaone and Mthabisi Dube from Northlea have represented the country in the Cossasa games before and are part of the team.
Vanhuvaone grabbed silver in the Cossasa games last year.
She took part in the Zimbabwe National Youth Games, Southern African Seniors (Botswana), African Youth Championships (Nigeria) and the World Youth Championships (Ukraine).
Gambiza indicated that they were expecting better results than last year.
“We have always been taking fifth position. This year we want to move up the ladder and position one is our aim. We hope to bring more medals than last year,” he said.