World class ath­let­ics coach for Nust

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Dube Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy has been com­mended for tak­ing an ac­tive role in the de­vel­op­ment of ath­let­ics in the coun­try by work­ing with Arnold Payne to bring to Zim­babwe a world class coach.

Darryl An­der­son, a world class track and field coach ar­rives to­mor­row on an ed­u­ca­tional trip fa­cil­i­tated by Nust and Payne Global Sports In­ter­na­tional.

It is the first time such a high pro­file ath­let­ics fig­ure will be in Bu­l­awayo.

An­der­son will lec­ture stu­dents and aca­demics be­fore hold­ing a work­shop for ath­letes and coaches a day later.

An­der­son’s trip is the brain­child of Payne, a for­mer Zim­babwe na­tional sprinter who has rep­re­sented the coun­try at the All-Africa Games, Com­mon­wealth Games and World Cham­pi­onships and is keen to see lo­cal tal­ent reach the top.

Payne be­lieves ex­po­sure to peo­ple who are used to bet­ter prac­tices and stan­dards may cat­a­pult en­thu­si­asm in ath­let­ics and sport in gen­eral to greater heights.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to help­ing youths out there in Zim­babwe reach their tar­geted goals by ex­pos­ing them to world coaches and op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are happy Nust has agreed to part­ner us in a first for Bu­l­awayo and we are com­mit­ted to bring­ing more world renowned per­son­al­i­ties to come and share with sports sci­ence stu­dents and as­so­ci­a­tions,’’ said Payne.

“As Payne Global Sports In­ter­na­tional I am happy and grate­ful that my for­mer coach and that of na­tional record holder in the 400m Darryl An­der­son has agreed to come and share with my fel­low coun­try­men in a trip where I also in­tend look­ing at the young­sters and mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for schol­ar­ships abroad. It is not reg­u­larly that you get such a high pro­file man agree­ing to help.”

Thabo Moyo a grad­u­ate of the in­sti­tu­tion and now a Zim­babwe rugby per­for­mance an­a­lyst said An­der­son’s trip to Bu­l­awayo was en­dorse­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion. He said stu­dents who will at­tend his lec­ture will get it first hand that sport is no longer a recre­ational ac­tiv­ity but a multi-bil­lion dol­lar in­dus­try.

A num­ber of the in­sti­tutes’ grad­u­ates have found jobs with as­so­ci­a­tions and Premier foot­ball clubs and are putting into prac­tice what they learnt at the in­sti­tu­tion.

Nust grad­u­ates are ex­pected to change the sport’s char­ac­ter and face in the next five years as they add a sci­en­tific ap­proach to it.

To date most clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions still lag be­hind in their ap­proach to sport in a very dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment changed by the pro­fes­sion­al­ism that has seen the in­dus­try grow­ing to par en­ter­tain­ment in high stake earn­ings.

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