The Southern Rwandan Secondary Schools Athletics Competition was held on 26th April 2017. It included athletes from five districts - Nyaruguru, Gisagara, Huye, Nyamagabe , Rusizi and Nyamasheke Districts in Rwanda.
The competition took place in Huye District at the Huye stadium. There were eight different running events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500 m, 3000m, 5000m, and the 10,000m.
In the 8 running events, schools from Nyaruguru District had good results. This positioned Nyaruguru Distrct in second place after Huye District. Our school, G.S. Muganza participated but only took part in two running events - the 400m and the 800m. A special mention in these two events goes to GS Muganza athletes NIYODUSENGA Donatha and NYIRANEZA Donate, the two GS Muganza girls who were awarded bronze medals.
Afterwards, I wanted to know how our ladies felt about wining bronze medals. Here are questions I asked them and their answers:
Q: What class are you in ?
A We’re both in Senior 2 (UK Year 8 ) at GS Muganza School.
Q: What age did you start running?
A: Nyiraneza - I started athletics when I was 11 years old when I was in P4 (UK Y4). I used to run with friends and used to participate in athletic competitions at school.
A: Niyodusenga - I started athletic games when I was in P6 (UK Y6). I was 14 years old and I remember the first time we went to a competition but I could not get to the final.
Q: How do you feel now about you gaining a victory over others and getting a bronze medal?
A: Nyiraneza, I feel so happy to be able to get to the end of the competition and gain a bronze medal. It's was my first time to get to this level and now I understand I can do it I think I will do even better next time!
A: Niyodusenga - Me and my friend, Nyiraneza have been entering these competitions since primary, but we could never get to the finals. In primary, we use to lose in the middle of the competition but now we are here! I really feel so happy to get this medal, I feel so proud of myself and I believe my school and our parents will be happy for us too.