PREPARATIONS for the first inter-house athletics competition at Maranatha Christian High are at an advanced stage. The school has been rated among the best elite schools in Harare academically.
Its 2011 Grade seven pass rate was way above 90 percent. Maranatha Christian High is a fast growing academic institution boasting both students' intellectual development as well as their social development.
As much as it boasts a high level of intellectual development, Maranatha Christian High also encourages sporting development in various sporting disciplines.
On February 13 and March 16 the school will host the inter-houses competition in the marathon, field and track events.
Maranatha Christian High students are divided into three houses Leopard, Jaguar and Cheetah.
Since this is their first ever inter-house event no house goes into this competition shouldering burdens of yesteryear failures, neither does any house go into this competition with glories of yesteryear. It is therefore an important event as the names of those who will participate in this event will be carved on the same stone with the history of the school, let alone those who come out victorious.
Not only will they be remembered for being amongst the pioneers of the school but also as being the pioneers of this competition. The stakes are therefore high.
These houses will set up a culture that might go a long way in determining how their those who will come after them will participate in future events. Their ordeals and efforts will forever be remembered as they set the pace as well as an example for those who will come after them to follow. The house captains have a big task at hand of leading their teams to the first ever trophy in this competition.
Leopard is captained by Primrose Sumasumo, Jaguar by Denis Mareya while cheetah is captained by Munyaradzi Chinamasa.
Unfortunately, as they are all brilliant captains for their respective houses, only one of them will walk away the winner.
It will be a battle that no one who will want to lose and this can also be evidenced by how seriously they are taking their practice sessions.
Leopard has green as its house colour, Jaguar has blue, while Leopard has yellow.
The name Leopard symbolises a trust in one's inner self as well as agility and strength. There is no mistake that this house will be able to live and perform to their symbolism.
Jaguar symbolises moving without fear. It is also a symbol of endurance as characterised by the conditions in which it lives that is the jungle. This house's symbolism coupled with the fact that their colour is blue for the sky shows the depth of character they represent.
If the competition comes to the fence, the endurance engraved in their character might be the decider.
Lastly, Cheetah, from the look of things go into this competition as the favourites. Cheetah is a symbol of swiftness, self-esteem, acceleration, keenness of sight as well as speed.
Truth be told, this symbol fits them well and no one will be shocked if they are to come victors come final day.
Despite that this school is still fairly new as far as establishment is concerned compared with the long established ones like Prince Edward High, Girls High to name a few, It is the wish and hope that given a few years Maranatha will mark its presence on a sporting landscape already dominated by a number of old institutions.
For now it's a goodbye from the cool sport desk as we continue to receive invitations from different schools. Keep them coming stay focused and wish you all the best in your preparations for the inter-house competitions.