Misesa and St Maria Goretti primary schools epitomised their proficiency on the saddles with overall victories in the qualifiers for the Presidential Schools BMX Cycling Championships at Country Club Limbe (CCL) in Blantyre on Saturday.
Misesaâ€™s Madalitso Kasengwe and Peter John reigned supreme in the 12-14 years and 9-11 years boys, section.
The boysâ€™ four-lap contest, which attracted 34 athletes from Nayizi, Makhetha, Limbe, Chimaliro, Kanjedza, St Kizito and Misesa primary schools, had the 7-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years and 15-17 years categories.
On the other hand, St Maria Goretti did it in the girlsâ€™ section, which had 10 contestants, through Emmie Naphazi and Ivy Banda. Chimaliro Primary Schoolâ€™s Lisa Tsoyo won the individual accolade.
Sports teachers for the two winning schoolsâ€”Misesaâ€™s Gerson Chikondi and Gorettiâ€™s Janet Mchengaâ€”attributed their success to their athletesâ€™ hardwork during practice.
â€œOur school deserved the victory because we worked hard in training. Apart from that, my boys gave their all to make their school proud. It has been a challenging and exciting adventure,â€ said Chikondi.
According to Cycling Federation of Malawi (CFM) president Andrew Mkwezalamba, in addition to individual prizes, the top three athletes in each category have also qualified for the national finals slated for May 5 in Mzuzu.