Some Kirtsy In­spi­ra­tion

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

ZIM­BABWE’S team to the Youth Olympic Games doesn’t have to look very far for in­spi­ra­tion — the coun­try’s great­est Olympian and Min­is­ter of Min­is­ter of Youth, Sport, Arts and Re­cre­ation Kirsty Coven­try will be with them.

Coven­try is Team Zim­babwe’s Chef de Mis­sion and her mes­sage to the team be­fore they head to Ar­gentina this week is sim­ple.

“Have fun, en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence you have won half the bat­tle,” Coven­try told the team at an an­nounce­ment cer­e­mony held in the cap­i­tal last week.

Zim­babwe will com­pete in six dis­ci­plines — aquat­ics, athletics, eques­trian, hockey (girls), judo and row­ing — and Coven­try has chal­lenged the coun­try’s ath­letes to have self-be­lief.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see that we have 15 ath­letes who qual­i­fied and we are go­ing to be su­per sup­port­ive of them com­pet­ing in Buenos Aires, hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence but also hop­ing that they will con­tinue for 2020 and fur­ther on be­cause that’s re­ally the goal,” she said.

“I think they have achieved half of the bat­tle by qual­i­fy­ing and they have clearly been train­ing hard be­cause the qual­i­fi­ca­tions are not su­per easy.

“They are al­ready half way there and now they just have to find that self­be­lief in them­selves. When they get there, they have got the con­fi­dence that they have done the train­ing, the work and that they can rely on their team mates.

“My ad­vice to them is take ev­ery­thing one step at a time, don’t let any­thing be­come too over­whelm­ing.”

Zim­babwe has par­tic­i­pated in all three edi­tions of the YOGs with the coun­try’s first medal com­ing from Yara Hanssen in eques­trian at the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the Games in Sin­ga­pore in 2010. Team Zim­babwe Aquat­ics: Liam Ray­mond Davis; Lindsy Tu­dorCole (coach)

Athletics: Priv­i­lege Chikara; Briad Nhubu (coach)

Eques­trian: Bri­anagh Clark, Ricky-Lee Kyle John­stone

Hockey girls: Mercedes Beekes, Sime­one Herbst, Adrienne Berkhout, Eleanor Pope, Gugulethu Sit­hole, Alexei Terblanche, Natalie Terblanche, Mu­nashe Dan­gare, Shae Triv­ella, Tendai Maredza (coach), Florence Mhasho (man­ager); Judo: Maria Pre­to­ri­ous, John Bowles (coach)

Row­ing: Ash­ley Bass, David Maonga; Ruth Gib­son and Abi­gail Mnikwa (med­i­cal)

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