Have a merry sporting Christmas !!!

The herald

Ellina Mhlanga, senior sports journalist

NOL is here and for many it’s that time of year when they take a break from their busy schedules to spend time with family and friends.

It is no different for sportsmen, having spent most of their time in the spotlight, competing at different levels and some representing and making the nation proud in regional, continental and international engagements, they also take time. to be with their loved ones.

It’s also time to recharge the batteries before embarking on other missions, setting new goals and setting course for the new year.

After an interesting year that saw her write her own piece of history when she became the first Zimbabwean female cricketer to record a Century ODI in their debut series against Ireland, Lady Chevrons captain Mary- Anne Musonda, takes the time to be with her family.

She was then nominated for the International Cricket Council’s Player of the Month for October after her outstanding performance in that series against Ireland.

“For the end of the year holidays, I’m just going to spend it with my family. It’s family time so whatever we do we’ll be together.

“I think we’ll have a day somewhere, a day trip, somewhere outside of Harare.

“I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” Musonda said.

US-based swimmer Nomvula Mjimba has settled in well at Gannon University in the US and will be visiting relatives on her first festive vacation away from home.

“I love Gannon, college swimming and the United States. It’s my first holiday season away from home and I feel right at home here so I’m having a great time.

“I only have two weeks of vacation. I flew to Indianapolis last week to spend time with my loved ones.

“I train daily to prepare for our conference gala in February and of course the times continue to drop. Such a good feeling as I prepare for the upcoming international fixtures including the World Championships in Japan, the African Games in Ghana and Paris 2024.

“No rest for me,” Mjimba said.

Future motocross rider Emmanuel Bako is in Cape Town, South Africa as he takes some time off his racing schedule to relax and recharge his batteries ahead of the 2022 season in which he plans to compete on the European circuit.

The 14-year-old biker arrived in Cape Town yesterday accompanied by his father and manager Brighton, his mother and two sisters Natania and Nyasha for the Christmas holidays.

Bako had a successful year as he was crowned three-time motocross champion in South Africa. He first won a northern regions championship.

He went on to win the Inland Championship title and won the overall Pro Mini 85cc class title in the 2021 South African National Motocross Series.

Bako was also a two-time winner at this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series season finale, where he won the 85cc and 125cc titles to cap a year to remember for himself.

And for winning three titles in South Africa this year, Bako received a $ 10,000 award from its local sponsors Better Brands Jewelery through their CEO, Scott Sakupwanya, who also hinted that he would fund the the young rider’s trip to Europe next year.

South African runner Rutendo Nyahora’s plans for today’s Christmas Day include a long run as she is set to spend part of the day on the road, training for upcoming events. .

She is due to participate in the Dis-Chem half-marathon on January 16 as part of her preparation for the Vienna Marathon in April.

“Our plan for Christmas is to have a long run in the morning as we prepare for next year. We don’t want to go a day without doing something.

“So (for) next year my first race will be on January 16. It’s one of the most important races here in South Africa.

“So I use it as part of my preparations for the marathon because I have a marathon in April, in Vienna. So my first race is Dis-Chem and this is the race I’m preparing for now, ”said Nyahora.

The netball team’s senior vice-captain, Claris Kwaramba, spends the day with her parents and siblings in Penhalonga.

For her, there is more to celebrate even though she said they weren’t going to do much.

She was named the Gems vice-captain as the senior national team returned to competition after a two-year hiatus when competing in the Pent Series and Africa Cup in Namibia.

Kwaramba also won the inaugural Premier Netball League with his club, Platinum Queens.

“I’ll be at home in Penhalonga with my parents, my little brother and my sister… We won’t do much,” Kwaramba said.

After a busy year, which also interrupted the challenges of their programs and competitions due to Covid-19, Triathlon Zimbabwe President David Ellis said it was time to take a break and savor some precious moments with friends and family.

Ellis was among the triathlon officials who officiated at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics between July and August this year.

He was named technical official at the Games by World Triathlon.

“I will be spending time at home with my family and friends and enjoying some precious time together as we look forward to a really special New Year after a few really trying years.

“On a personal note, I wish all the partners and participants of the Zimbabwe Triathlon fraternity and especially you the press presenting our sport, a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with exciting sporting activities,” said Ellis.

Long-distance runner and seasoned trainer Collen Makaza says that with a number of important races scheduled for next year, he is using the Christmas holidays to prepare for the coming season with his athletes.

“We’re not going to rest this Christmas. We are going to have our training session; it’s going to be a 30 km race.

“We’re already behind schedule, so we can’t stop.

“There are some big races in South Africa soon,” said Makaza.

For seasoned karateka Samson Muripo, it’s all about training and resting while on vacation as well.

“I’m going to train and rest until the end of the year,” said Muripo.

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