Zonal sports: old and new…

Friday 31st January, 2020 saw the Zonal sports competition – athletics – at St Pauls, Musami. Earlier posts have given a little hint of what happened, but I have received more pictures and information about the day from Pakati’s perspective.

The 4 girls are very happy after winning the 4 x 100m race
Soon after the start of the 4 x 100m, Pakati (in blue) are running second
Pakati student showing her gold card after winning the under-17 girls triple jump competition
Shot putt
Shot putt
Shot putt
Pakati student is down but happy after crossing the line first in the 400m race

Many thanks to Mr Chizenya for the pictures and information – here is what he told me regarding the results:

4×100 metres under 17 girls relay
400 metres under 17 girls race
100 metres under 17 boys race
Under 17 girls long jump
Under 17 girls triple jump
The girls who won long jump, triple jump and 400 metres race are all part of the relay team.

Same competition, same venue, back in 1992

Many thanks to Debbie Chadbon for this photo – really takes me back to my time at Pakati! The athlete shown in the photo is Juliana Chiroodza, the athletics star of Pakati Secondary school back when I was working there 1989 – 1991. Juliana was just a natural sportswoman. She was very good at high jump, sprinting (100m), 400m, played netball, volleyball and tried football more than once. At 100m, she went to the National finals, with the school using part of the sports funds raised from the community.


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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