H Metro


- Collin Matiza

THE Peterhouse Group of Schools was yesterday bursting with pride as they celebrated the stellar performanc­es of two of their swimmers — Villa Gata and Lorraine Njaravaza — during the just-ended South African Junior Level 2 Regional Championsh­ips in South Africa.

Gata entered six events and made three finals as she fished out two gold medals and recorded a number of personal best times along the way as she emerged as the Peterhouse’s most outstandin­g swimmer at the meet although the times were not immediatel­y available yesterday.

Gata first gold medal came in the girls 50m breaststro­ke event where she came first in a personal best time and she did the same in the 50m butterfly where she earned herself the first step on the podium with another PB.

She set two more PBs in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

Gata’s schoolmate Njaravaza was also in good form as she entered six events and made all the finals where she collected four silver medals and a bronze.

She set a PB when coming second in the 100m freestyle event where she picked up her first silver medal.

She bagged another silver medal with another PB in the 50m backstroke before she settled for fifth place in the 200m freestyle event.

Njaravaza did not stop there as she won herself a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly with another PB. She moved a gear up in the 100m butterfly where she came second and scooped another silver medal which was followed by a medal of the same colour in the 50m freestyle.

Njaravaza was also part of three relay teams that won two gold medals and 1 silver at the same championsh­ips.

She was emulated by Gata who was also part of two relay teams that won two gold medals.

Peterhouse have over the past few years been regular sports visitors to South Africa where they have done well in swimming, boys and girls field hockey, rowing and rugby.

One of their male swimmers Callum Chisholm was selected to the Zimbabwe swimming team that took part in the South Africa National Junior Swimming Championsh­ips in Durban from March 15 to 19.

In March, the school’s boys field hockey team travelled to South Africa to take part in the St. Dunstan’s Easter Festival hosted at St. Dunstan’s school and Benoni Northern’s Sports Club.

The team awarded Hilton “The Brick Wall” Mudzamiri a unanimous team award for his consistenc­y in defence during the tour!

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