Zim hosts region in gymnastics tourney

Sukoluhle Mthethwa



A 36-MEMBER Zimbabwean gymnastics team will contest gymnasts from the neighbouring countries in Zone Six regional championships at Belvedere Teachers&

#8217; College from Sunday.


Innscor International have bankrolled the competition to the tune of $3,5 million.


South Africa and Namibia are already in the country for the three-day event that will end on Tuesday next week.


Marcus Campbell-Reynolds, treasurer for the organising committee of the competition, said the event was an opportunity for the country to expose the country’s skills in the sport and its organising capabilities.


“It gives us a chance to match our skills with other countries,” said Campbell-Reynolds, adding, “It will also be the chance for us to show our organising abilities as a country.”


The championships will kick off with the launch on Sunday, followed by the aerobics competition.


Nikki le Roux, Chrissy O’Riordan, Stacey Read, Sarah Fenwick, Jenna Beauchamp and Kaitlin Friend will feature in the women’s artistic competition on Monday.


In the men’s artistic category, Tatenda Mukuruva, Simon Gezana, Joshua Harrison Justin Swan and Kudzaishe Nyazvigo will represent Zimbabwe.


Four events that include mini-trampoline, double mini-trampoline, blacktop and rhythmic gymnastics will lead to the end of the ceremony on Tuesday.


Tadiwa Chikosi, Albertina Mashoko, Takudzwa Chitima and Dasiree Mukotekwa are among the 12 gymnasts who have been selected to take part in the rhythmic category.


National coach Christopher Muchatuta revealed that Kudzai Nyazvigo and Andrew Mawerera who are nursing minor knee sprains will still take part in the competition.


Said Muchatuta: “Kudzai and Andrew are injured he will still take part in men’s artistic category while Andrew will take part in the double min-trampoline.”


Wish Mukotekwa and Kudzai are among those expected to excel in the championships.


Tough competition is expected from South Africa, as they have a very strong squad.


“It is our hope that we will do well in the competition against the visiting athletes,” said Neil Nativel.