The team of 25 gymnasts and 4 officials made the 32 hour bus trip to Namibia to challenge the rest of Southern Africa at the Zone VI Championships and the team did exactly that and more, returning to Zimbabwe with their heads raised high and their necks full of medals. The official team medal count is a total of 51 medals; these broken down are 21 Bronze, 23 Silver and 7 Gold.
All of this year’s gold medals came from individuals and the leader on this tally was Kudzaishe Nyazvigo who was crowned the 2011 Southern African All Around Senior Men’s Artistic Champion winning Golds on Floor, Vault and High Bar; Silver on Pommel Horse and Rings and Bronze on the Parallel Bars. With these combined score this made him the Senior All Around champion and collecting his forth gold medal in the All Around event.
Other Gold medal performances where from Paidamoyo Gwenzi, Kiora Joseph and Mufaro Mazambani who outperformed their competition in Aerobics Junior trio to again raise our Flag to the top spot on the podium after their stunning performance of strength and rhythm. These three young ladies also each won silver medals for their duets and individual performances.
Other impressive individual performances in Men’s Artistic where from Moses January winning silver on floor and rings and Bronze on vault, pommel and parallel bars along with Shakewell Lengine with a silver on Vault and bronze on High bar In Pre Junior Men’s Artistic, then Privalidge Sande with a silver on Parallel Bars and Sean Rodgers a Bronze on Pommel Horse in Junior Men’s Artistic. Ronald Basikoro was continuously held just off the podium as one of Nyazvigo’s team mates in Senior Men’s artistic until he broke through and joined his fellow country man on the podium winning a silver medal on Floor.
Moving to Trampoline and Tumbling, our tumbling team shocked all the opposition with our team having never used a competition track as there is not one in Zimbabwe and then turned around with Teacher Gwenzi coming second overall and winning a silver medal in the Junior section, and Talent Chiromo coming second overall and winning a silver medal in the Senior section. This team went on to be narrowly beaten at the posts by Namibia to come second in the Team Event.
Faith Makoni pulled the wool over her competitor’s eyes in her first ever Double Mini Trampoline competition and clinched herself a Bronze medal over all.
From a team point of view our medal count was slightly lower than last year, but with being forced to take smaller teams due to financial constraints we had no fall back or drop off scores which put the teams at an instant disadvantage so they were unable to bring home any Team golds in any sections, but in Pre Junior Men, Senior Men, Rhythmic Senior Women and Tumbling men, the teams where all able to win Silver team medals against the other six competiting countries in the Zone VI competition.
In general despite all of the various ups and downs along the way, this year’s Zone VI team excelled and surpassed all expectations that the coaches and officials had for the team. These victories lay squarely on the shoulders of our sponsors, CBZ Commercial Bank, Nissan Zimbabwe, Grinikor LTA Kingdom Financial Holdings and Hardkore/Tonde Screenprinters for facilitating the teams travel, the parents and supports of the team, the coaching staff at Zimbabwe Gymnastics for their expertise and time and mostly on the young Zimbabwean gymnasts for their dedication to their sport and their country and their persistence to raise their countries flag higher and higher and put Zimbabwe Gymnastics back on the map as a team to be reckoned with.Post published in: Sport