Ellina Mhlanga, senior sports journalist
US-based motocross rider Tanya Muzinda marked another milestone on the track by becoming the winner of the 2021 Bartow National Motocross Championship Series in the 125cc class.
Muzinda was crowned champion of the 125cc mixed boys two-stroke category.
It was Muzinda’s first full season championship victory outside Zimbabwe.
She has competed outside of Zimbabwe before before moving to Florida, USA with her family in 2019 for more exposure and competition as she pursues her dream of becoming a full-fledged professional motocross rider.
âI was crowned points leader and 2021 Bartow National Motocross Championship Series champion in the 125cc mixed boys two-stroke category. This is my first ever championship victory in a full season outside of Zimbabwe.
âMany thanks to my sponsors and friends for completing the 24-stop series,â Muzinda said from her base in Florida yesterday. She has competed and won a number of races in the Bartow Championship Series in the 125cc class, competing against both men and women.
The promising runner has continued to climb over the years.
Recently, she was named to the BBC’s 2021 100 Women List, celebrating the most influential women who have made a difference in their communities.
âTaking on the male dominated world of motocross or off-road motorcycle racing, Tanya Muzinda has become her country’s off-road circuit champion. She is the first Zimbabwean woman to win a motocross championship since the competition began in 1957, âthe BBC said.
She won the Annual National Sports Awards and was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year in recognition of her efforts.
In 2018, she was crowned the African Union Sports Council’s Junior Sportsperson of the Year for the region’s five regional awards.
The 17-year-old continues to defy the odds and the future looks bright for her in her favorite sport.