Madzivire honoured for miraculous comeback

HARARE - Zimbabwe's track and field star Paul Madzivire has been honoured for his life changing experience that saw him overcome adversity to compete at the highest level for Florida State University.

The former Gateway High School student made a miraculous comeback this year after breaking his neck in the preceding year.

Although doctors had “ruled him out” from competing this season, he proved those assertions wrong.

He marked his return to action with a third place in the long jump at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States in March.

The 23-year-old long jumper, who is on a scholarship at the Florida State University (FSU) managed a best leap 7.48m on his final attempt to secure third place at the competition he won last year.

This did not go unnoticed with Florida State honouring him on Tuesday night among 22 other athletes who were presented with individual awards for their respective sports at the 21st Annual Golden Nole Banquet.

The FSU fourth-year economics student was presented with the Doc Fauls Award which is given to an exemplary student.

The Golden Nole is presented annually to the student athlete in each sport who has exhibited the ideals of intercollegiate athletics during their careers

The student-athletes are selected by the head coaches of each sport utilising the criteria of academic and athletic success as well as each student’s contributions to the university and the community.

“The Golden Nole Awards banquet is our signature event of the year,” said John Lata the Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Services.

“All of our student-athletes are outstanding men and women in everything they do both in the classroom and on their respective playing fields and courts.

“This banquet is a special way for us to recognise their efforts from the past year and to celebrate their achievements.”

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