Zim BMX team confident

HARARE - Zimbabwe BMX coach Tafi Machingaidze has backed his team to impress at the World Championships that starts today in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

The Zimbabwe BMX team left for Belgium last week for the BMX showpiece and will be aiming to leave an indelible mark against some of the world’s top emerging riders.

Machingaidze, who has been preparing the local riders since February, insists form will count for nothing at the event.

“Well, you can never really predict how things are going to unfold,” Machingaidze told the Daily News.

“It all depends on how you ride on that particular day. We have been practising hard for this event. We just hope to leave everything out there on the track.”

Zimbabwe’s world title hopes will lie on the shoulders of rider Tyla-Shae Donaldson.

The 13-year-old Donaldson has taken part in six World Championships and won world titles in China, Australia, South Africa and Birmingham.

Named Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2010, Donaldson will be hoping to hit top gear in Belgium.

Penias Tenthani, who will be riding in the elite class and has been preparing for the event for the past six months, will also be expected to be up there with the best.

The 19-year-old is hoping to use the event as a springboard to the 2016 Olympics.

Zimbabwe will also be looking to Mitchell Siddle, who came first in the 10-year-old class in the South Africa championship in Kempton.

Junior Sportswoman of the Year Rebekah Oberholzer and her brother Ben are also fancying their chances of bringing home world titles.

BMX World Championships team

Girls: Rebekah Oberholzer, Tyla-Shae Donaldson.

Boys: Nathan Horner, Daniel Collet, Ben Oberholzer, Mitchell Siddle, Joshua van Blerk, Daniel Johnson, Cambel Wright, Andrew Chamunorwa, Penias Tenthani, Scott Donaldson, Tawanda Marowa.

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