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High Performance Centre happy with athletes’ shape

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College of Medicine Sports Complex High Performance Centre (HPC) is happy to play a pivotal role in the development of athletes in the past three years through its sports science programme.

The complex’s General Manager, Augustine Banda Jnr, observed that most athletes have improved their performance since embracing sports science.

“We look at all areas of athletes’ development. We give the players the best training under qualified instructors and technical personnel. We work closely with College of Medicine which provides several services to our athletes in case of injuries. They get the best treatment and they are also given guidance on diet. The athletes are in the best condition to perform well,” he said.

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Banda said the HPC’s efforts bore fruits when Malawian athletes won seven gold, 10 silver, and five bronze medals in Zimbabwe earlier this year.

“We encourage the athletes to keep their heads up and not get carried away with the results in Zimbabwe. We have a bigger tournament in Angola this December, therefore, they must continue working hard,” he said.

“We also appeal to the coaches to show more passion because they have a major role to play. The passion and hunger for success should begin with them.”

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Meanwhile, HPC last Friday awarded outstanding athletes in the past year at a ceremony held at the Sports Complex in Blantyre.

Innocent Bashati was selected Athlete of-the Year in athletics, Hannock Phiri was rewarded with the Boxing Athlete Award, Jonathan Zimba was outstanding in Judo, George Jana Jnr did well in shot-put while Anderson Ndala was the best tennis player.

In the category for the most inspiring athletes, Abubakar Mkwanda won in athletics, Phiri did it in boxing, Brenda Williams shone in Judo and Ayiche Ntambalika did well in shot-put. Ndala won again in tennis while Chifundo Mawele won in rugby.

Simba Hockey Club was chosen the best team of the year with key player, Joyce Nyirongo, honoured as well. Sano Kasamale won Coach of-the Year award.

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