Swan wants to gain from pain

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

THE pain of los­ing a fi­nal can be un­bear­able but Danie Swan is de­ter­mined to gain from the hurt of los­ing in a World Cup de­cider.

Zim­babwe suf­fered an 18-29 de­feat in a polocrosse World Cup fi­nal at the hands of neigh­bours South Africa in the UK in 2011.

It was Swan’s maiden World Cup ap­pear­ance and the 28-year-old would like to go an ex­tra step and clinch the ti­tle at the next Polocrosse World Cup in Aus­tralia in 2019.

“I have re­alised that it is what you put in that makes the dif­fer­ence in the end,” he said. “It was my first World Cup and I learnt a lot. I would love to play for Zim­babwe again in the 2019 World Cup in Aus­tralia. We can put to­gether a great team for it. It is a goal of mine to make this side and do Zim­babwe proud.”

Swan, who has seven in­ter­na­tional caps, is one of Zim­babwe’s lead­ing play­ers as seen by his per­for­mance dur­ing the only test se­ries of the year against New Zealand in Harare in July.

He was voted the Most Valu­able Player af­ter in­spir­ing Zim­babwe to a 3-0 white­wash.

“It is an in­cred­i­ble hon­our to rep­re­sent your coun­try and you al­ways strive to do your best,” he said.

“To ac­tu­ally achieve best man in an in­ter­na­tional test se­ries is an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing. You feel that all your time and hard work has paid off.”

The Bor­row­dale Polocrosse Club player vi­su­alises for half an hour be­fore matches and it works for him.

“Men­tally I take 30 min­utes a day to my­self vi­su­al­is­ing and telling my­self my goals for the tests while prac­tic­ing stick work,” he said.

The for­mer St John’s Col­lege pupil grew up on a farm in Mu­toroshanga and was taught the game by his fa­ther.

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