This weekend Bulawayo hosted the Zimbabwe Closed Junior National Squash Championships at a variety of venues in the city. The championships served as selection for U19, U16, U14, U13, U11, and U9 boys’ and girls’ teams which will represent Zimbabwe at the InterProvincial Junior Squash Tournament in South Africa 27 June – 1 July this year. Some of the winners of this weekend’s squash championships, mainly from Harare schools, will also qualify to take part in the All Africa Junior U19 Squash Championships in Gabarone, Botswana from 30 March to 3 April.
Although Matabeleland Squash had a large number of competitors enter the championships, Harare student athletes dominated the medal podiums, especially for the boys. Royal College’s Innocent Makumba beat Covermore Mutata of Mt Pleasant High, while Callum Lawton of Hellenic Academy earned the bronze with a victory over Crispen Chimbowora also of Mt Pleasant High.
In the U16 category Ethan Porter from St George’s College beat Tadiwanashe Chakanyuka of Prince Edward School in a tense final match.
The girls U19 competition was a hometown final with Petra’s Danielle Cunningham beating Jade Pinkney of Girls’ College. Perhaps the most exciting match of the championships, however, was when Avondale Primary School wonder, 12-year-old Polite Maburi, won gold in the U16 category by beating Arundel School’s Danai Jongwe. Polite is a bright spot to watch in the future of Zimbabwe squash.
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