Sinoia Primary School from Chinhoyi scooped three gold medals in chess national competitions held in Bulawayo and saw five of its six pupils who took part in the tournament qualifying to represent the country at regional finals to be held in Namibia in August.

Sinoia Primary School sent just six pupils for the chess national finals held in Bulawayo and the pupils gave a rude awakening to established chess players after scooping three golds which landed Mashonaland West a third position slot at national level.

Two other pupils who could not get medals all the same qualified to represent Zimbabwe at the regional chess finals to be held this August in Namibia by virtue of attaining 4th position.

The Chiwara siblings, Michael a grade one pupil and Makanaka scooped gold alongside Jaydon Chitakatira.

Tawanda Mhako and Nokutenda Chapanduka came fourth in their respective categories and qualified to proceed for regional finals alongside the gold medalists.

The sixth pupil, Billy Jena missed by two spots after attaining 6th position in his category.

The province was represented by pupils from Sinoia, Chiedza Primary School of Chinhoyi and Tafara Primary School of Kadoma whose pupils got two silver medals.

The National Association of Primary School Heads Mashonaland West chapter and Sinoia Primary School have since honoured the pupils for their sterling performance given this year has been their only second one of training.

Sinoia Primary School Head Mrs Constance Dzakafa has since made a passionate appeal for financial support to the pupils ahead of the regional finals in the wake of limited funding for the sport.

Meanwhile, Makanaka Chiwara will have to battle it out with a Secondary School student before proceeding to Namibia in a play off meant to decide who gets sponsorship from the Zimbabwe Chess Association.