St Ignatius

Sports Director's Desk

FROM SPORTS DIRECTOR - Mr Itai Dube

In sports it is not what you have. It is what you do with what you have that makes all the difference. Sporting excellence at St Ignatius when athletes have the best is never good enough.

The College offers the following sporting disciplines

Athletics Rugby
Swimming Netball
Basketball Soccer
Chess Handball
Volleyball Hockey

 Yearly we produce world class athletes. A minimum of two athletes represent Team of Zimbabwe in the areas such as hurdles, shot put, hammer, tripple jump or flat short distances like 100m, 200m or 400m. We share our brilliance in competitions like CASSA and NASSH.

The College flag flies high in SWIMMING. We are among the top eight teams in A Division in Zimbabwe where we do rub shoulders with schools like St Georges, Hellenic, Peter House, St John’s (Green Blazer), Falcon and CBC. Though we have not achieved the best, our morale is high when the College talks of swimming. We continue to support the game of intelligence for good health and better a tomorrow. 

The Ignatians are well known as The Hill Top Saints in the field of BASKETBALL. We are adequately represented as we have more than great successes yearly. The College participates in the Top Schools competitions, St George’s tournament, CASSA competitions and NASSH.

A game which is complementary to academics, CHESS, is exceptional at The Hill Top as we are the exceptional. It is a game of confidence, hard work, dedication, perseverance and most of all, just being oneself. The College produces international gurus. The College participates in CASSA, NASSH provincial and national competition where no doubt, we are proved to be the best over years.

History is not made by Kings, presidents nor heroes of our era but the ordinary people doing extra ordinary things like VOLLEYBALL at St Ignatius. The College has been championing the NASSH district fight against national raked schools like Visitation. Many sectors of sport in the college will help to create vision through volleyball. Yearly we participate in top ranked national competition. To cite an example, St Ignatius under 17 boys team qualified to represent Zimbabwe in Burkina Faso 2011.

In the game of the giants, RUGBY, the hounds are very accurate in their steps. Each and every year the college participates in the COTTCO festival games besides achieving better in our league games. We turn all the granite for bettering our achievements in this sporting discipline.

The Mary Ward girls have the impressive performance in the discipline. The sport is a great favourite at Mary Ward despite the other angle that thinks the game is of last generation. The ladies participate in CASSA and NASSH competitions. The problem is of players’ pool which is so limited. The coaches in netball, volleyball and basketball scramble for the only fifty girls in the college. 

Who do not know soccer? Everyone can say no one. It is not soccer unless skills of Etoo’ Messi to mention a few are displayed. Soccer as a discipline at the college is nourished with young talented players who participate in CASSA, NASSH and TWALUMBA tournaments. Though the hill top lacks the juice to constantly participate in national NASSH events; the discipline are well staffed, both material and manpower. The actual results are to be displayed in the near future.

In HANDBALL the college is known for its excellence. The game has been introduced less than a decade ago. It has produced results. Yearly the boys are a threat to other schools at all levels in Mashonaland East province. Special hand share of honour is given to the coaching team and the crop of players in the discipline.

Is it the least? No, is the last. That is HOCKEY. Though it has its own history at the college, there is still room for its development in terms of proper competition. Yes the college participates in a number of games but there is need to be engaged in proper competitions to improve sporting in this discipline.

It is the long night that never finds the day. In the near future we are to introduce CRICKET.

As you have seen, sport is a deed with a proper name.