Acer Yan and Christina Kamange put up heroic display during Central High School Sports Day on Friday to win four gold medals apiece and emerge the event’s best athletes in boys and girls categories, respectively.
Yan was outstanding in boys’ 400m race, 200m race, 100m hurdles and long jump while Kamange won gold in girls’ 100m race, 200m race, 100m hurdles and long jump.
Their effort also helped their Nyika House accumulate a total of 815 points to emerge as the day-long contest’s overall champions against runners-up Mulanje House (793 points), third-placed Zomba House (625 points) and log anchors Viphya House (610 points).
Over 200 pupils took part in the annual competition that comprised disciplines such as football, netball, volleyball, running races, hurdles, shot put, long jump, javelin and discus.
“I feel proud that my effort has not only won me individual medals but has also helped my house win the overall title,” said Yan.
On her part, Kamange said she was more than happy to become one of the most outstanding performers in the multi-sport event.
Central High School headmaster Nishant Mishra said they organise the event every year to motivate the school’s talented athletes and give them chance to relax and have fun after spending much of their time in class.
Guest of honour principal secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Joseph Mwandidya, who lit the Olympic torch marking the beginning of the event, commended the school for promoting sports and urged other schools to emulate the gesture.
“As government, we will continue to support any school that take sports seriously,” said Mwandidya.
Malawi Olympic Committee vice-president Flora Mwandira, Malawi National Council of Sports development office Ruth Mzengo and Athletics Association of Malawi president Godfrey Phiri also witnessed the event.