Coaches of some disciplines going for the 2012 Zone VI games in Zambia next week, say they have started intensive training in camp that they are confident of bringing medals home.
The disciplines include basketball, judo, boxing, disabled sport, swimming, football, netball, tennis and athletics.
They will camp for 10 days, which the coaches say they will use to the maximum to bring the best out of the athletes. The teams also had a week-long camp during the August school holidays.
Tennis coach Haxon Mmethiwa said his seven athletes are in shape and will catch up in the 10 days.
â€œAfter the August camp we have been holding non-residential training and the athletes are in shape. Last time, we won bronze in ladies singles, this time, we will get gold. We are sending six athletes,â€ said Mmethiwa.
Netball are defending champions of the Zone VI and coach Connis Mhone said they have pressure to build a team capable of retaining the trophy.
â€œNormally, we need a minimum of three weeks to build a team for a tournament, but we will have to develop a programme to adjust to the available time,â€ said Mhone.
Basketball coach Briar Phiri has developed a three-session per day programme as one way of making the best of the camp.
â€œWe train early in the morning around five to six, then from nine to lunch hour and in the afternoon. The team is largely comprising players who took part in the Under-18 tournament in Zimbabwe in 2010 so they know what it takes to play at that level,â€ said Phiri.
Boxers also have been undergoing non residential training for the past month and measured their progress in non-title fights on Sunday at Motel Paradise.
â€œThey will also fight on Sunday at the same venue to curtain-raise the Alick Mwenda fight. That will give us a good platform to assess them,â€ said coach Andy Muyaya.