Top female shootist in love with guns

HARARE - Zimbabwe top shooter Olivia Kachamaedza is a tough, independent woman. For her, being tough and independent is not about being angry, it is not about rebelling against the status quo but rather about being confident in herself and her actions.

A chief prison officer, Kachamaedza says shooting has pushed the boundaries of her comfort zone. Having an explosion detonate in front of your face is not something many females are conditioned to handle.

But for Kachamaedza,  participating in an activity she might not have expected to participate in, and then training to become the best at it, took a lot of self-confidence. She tells her story below.

The gun has never been a girl’s best toy. From a tender age, girls are given dolls to play with, while the boys shoot away with their toy guns.

But Olivia Kachamaedza, a chief prisons officer, named Zimbabwe’s top shooting uniformed officer, is an exception.

With a cabinet full of  shooting accolades,  Kachamaedza once again came out tops in the recent President’s Medal Shoot contest at Cleveland Rifle Range.

She has amazing shooting expertise, with the Russian made- AK47 being her favourite weapon.

An accomplished security official, Kachamaedza’s skill and experience brought the extra oomph the adjudicators were looking for.

Winning the President’s Medal Shoot, she could not have been more humble in crediting her entire team in pushing her to succeed.

The sharp shooter has promised that she will be coming even stronger next year

The Daily News caught up with Kachamaedza to glean what makes her tick, how she got to be the best and how sweet her rewards have been.

The beginning:

“I started shooting in 2010 after just being inspired by people who were doing it.

“In the same year I came out number two in the officer’s category and seven female overall with all the uniformed forces combined.

“At first my ears got affected by the gun noise. But now, I am used to it and I have mastered the principles of shooting which are called the four points relationship.”

Family:

“I have two sons and my husband is late. I want my sons to be independent and pursue what they want and what they are gifted in.

“The eldest Napias Nigel is 14, and is into football and Nicholas, 10, is into chess.

“I know I have their full support, together with the rest of my family.

“They actually ask me about shooting and if they see the competitions have delayed, they actually ask me if I have entered and all. 

“As part of my price I got holiday packages so I will be treating my two boys as I had already planned to take them on holiday, the packages came at a good time.

“My confidence boost also comes from my fellow officers who support me and are proud of me that I am taking the name of the profession to another level.”

Achievements:

“There are other competitions besides the President’s medal shoot but it is the most prestigious and I will make reference to that one.

“In 2011, I was number one in the officer’s category and number four overall for all uniformed females combined.

“I skipped two years as I was doing my managerial course and I came back and entered this year and have been awarded really well.

“This year, I got the service trophy together with a medal and prize money $500.

“I also got, as my prize for being number one in the officers category, a holiday package to Masvingo and gold medal. In addition, I got $400 as prize money and a floating trophy.

“For being the overall female shooter, I got another $1 000 cheque together with a holiday to Victoria falls, a medal, a smart phone and a Nehanda trophy.

“I am proud of myself, because the competition was tough and anything can go wrong.

“There are many factors that can affect a shoot, one of them being weather. If it is windy, you can lose your aim and the gun’s

kickback.”

Plans:

“I want to go as far as I can, even out of Zimbabwe if there can be an opportunity and show my expertise.”

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