When vol­ley­ball loves you back

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT -

WERE it not for vol­ley­ball, Nyengeterai Guyo would have been telling a dif­fer­ent story.

The sport has given the 27-year-old a job and love. More could be on the way for a wo­man who plays vol­ley­ball even when heav­ily preg­nant.

“I can­not even start to imag­ine what my life would have been like with­out vol­ley­ball,” says the Harare City power hit­ter.

“I met the love of my life at a vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment in 2008, I was do­ing Form Two and he was an Up­per Six stu­dent at Churchill High School.

“The sport also opened em­ploy­ment doors for me as I am em­ployed by the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice as a sports ad­min­is­tra­tor. All this would not have been pos­si­ble with­out vol­ley­ball.”

Guyo and hubby Tawanda Pamire have a four-year-old daugh­ter, Mi­randa, and they are al­ready talk­ing about a fu­ture time when she will be the princess of the court.

“Her fa­ther and mother are both vol­ley­ball en­thu­si­asts and we would love her to fol­low in our foot­steps too,” says Pamire.

Pamire be­lieves women need to be given all the sup­port they need when pur­su­ing their sport­ing dreams.

“I can sim­ply say sport is a ba­sic hu­man right and as men I wish to see us giv­ing our women greater ac­cess and op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sport.

“I am aware that there are some cul­tural and so­cial chal­lenges to be ad­dressed but giv­ing them sup­port re­mains the start­ing point.

“Per­son­ally I chose to sup­port and be­lieve in my wife and like any other sec­tor we had our goals set and kept work­ing towards them. I’m happy to re­port that it has been a lovely jour­ney.”

Pamire will have to do some babysit­ting as Guyo and Harare City step up prepa­ra­tions for this month’s Zone XI Club Cham­pi­onships from Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 8 in Dur­ban, South Africa.

“It will not be an easy tour­na­ment but we are fired up,” says Guyo.

“Be­ing part of a team with such rich his­tory and ply­ing my trade is such a big league, like that, was re­ally sur­real.”

De­spite play­ing just 11 games due to his mid­sea­son move, Matu­rure did enough to make an in­stant im­pact at the Soweto gi­ants. The 28-year-old fin­ished with 160 points, 24 as­sists and six blocks; earn­ing him­self a Most Valu­able Player award for his club and a place on the league’s All-Star team. Also im­pres­sive were the im­prove­ments in his game.

“When I was play­ing here in Zim­babwe, there were so many dis­trac­tions, things to do, peo­ple to visit and places to go,” said the small for­ward. “How­ever, in South Africa bas­ket­ball was all I did; I would wake up in the morn­ing and go to the gym, train, rest and then train again. I be­lieve such a life­style re­ally helped up my game;

“One of the ma­jor high­lights, for me in SA was how I man­aged to up my game. Back home, I had never re­ally been rated a perime­ter shooter, but I re­mem­ber in this one game shoot­ing four straight three-point­ers.

“I man­aged to in­cor­po­rate such lit­tle things into my game, and feel more of a well-rounded player for it,” he said. From the free-throw line, Matu­rure shot an im­pres­sive 73 per­cent from 33 free throws; while mak­ing a ca­reer high 19 three-point­ers.

The im­prove­ments were not iso­lated to his of­fen­sive game alone, as Matu­rure fin­ished the sea­son with 17 de­fen­sive re­bounds and six blocks.

Nyengeterai Guyo and hubby Tawanda Pamire

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