Provincial Paralympics Team In Camp

The Manicaland Provincial Paralympic team is now in camp as they gear up for the national Paralympic games scheduled for Gwanda from the 1st of April 2016.
The provincial team is made up of athletes with varying challenges who are going to take part in ball games and athletics competitions. Sports and Recreation Provincial manager for Manicaland, Mr Shupikai Berejena said this year the provincial team has a fair representation of athletes from all the districts.
Said Mr Berejena, “ This year almost all the districts in Manicaland were able to send athletes for selection. This is very pleasing because our aim is to involve all athletes with challenges in the Paralympic games.
Athletics coach Godfrey Ndiringepi said they are expecting more gold medal from the athletics team.
“This year we have been inspired by the provincial National Association of Primary School Heads provincial team, and the National Association of Secondary School Heads Provincial team, which came first and second respectively at National Level. We strongly feel that this will give all participants enough motivation as they seek to emulate their peers, “ said Mr Ndiringepi.
The Paralympic games are a brain child of the Ministry of Sport and Culture, and they are supervised by the Sport and Recreation Commission. A number of athletes among them international champion Elliot Mujaji have participated at these games. The national games give the athletes an opportunity to mix and mingle with their peers in sporting competitions. Besides being a recreation platform, the games provide a unique opportunity for those who excel to participate at a much higher level. Last year’s edition was hosted by Harare Metropolitan Province. Team Manicaland finished fourth on the medals table in Harare, and this year it remains to be seen if they can do much better.

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