Zim wheelchair team upbeat

HARARE - Zimbabwe wheelchair racing captain Edmund Makutya is upbeat of the country’s chances of leaving a mark at the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge set for George, South Africa on February 21.

The team is set to leave for South Africa tomorrow for the race fondly known as the ‘OCC’ amongst the athletes. The wheelchair challenge attracts over 1 000 athletes from around Africa and the world whilst offering events that include the marathon, the half marathon, the 10km and the fun race.

Zimbabwean wheelchair racers have been travelling to George for a decade now, to compete in this prominent event.

“Last year we had Thandiwe Ndlovu getting gold, Wilson Nyakoko getting gold, Alexander Mkandla getting gold whilst Elford Moyo got silver,” Makutya said during yesterday’s team send-off ceremony hosted by Nandos Avondale. “The team was very strong and these are the same individuals who will be representing Zimbabwe.”

The wheelchair team received various donations for their trip, ranging from money, tracksuits, caps to suitcases. Some of the companies that donated include Innscor, Toyota Zimbabwe, Colgate Palmolive, In sport, Aviation Ground Services, Pinewood Group of Schools amongst others.

Makutya believes the support will spur the team on. “I am sure this time we will go a gear up because just imagine playing in a stadium without any supporters you really perform dismally but with this support we will not disappoint,” he said.

Team manager Christopher Katore is looking forward to a dominant performance from Zimbabwe at the OCC — the thirteenth race since its inception in 2002.

Zimbabwe squad: Dorcas Hwatira, Wilson Nyakoko, Samson Muroiwa, Margaret Bangajena, Thandiwe Ndlovu, Magdalene Madzivire, Moleen Majoni, Elford Moyo, Edmund Mukutya and Alexander Mkandla.

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