Zimbabwe's Paralympians Ready for London
26 July 2012
Zimbabwe's two Paralympians for the London 2012 Paralympic Games: Nyasha Mharakurwa (left) and Elliot Mujaji (right).
ZNPC is proud to announce that we have two athletes representing Zimbabwe in the London 2012 Paralympic Games: The wheelchair tennis player, Nyasha Mharakurwa (to the left), and the T46 sprinter, Elliot Mujaji.
Nyasha Mharakurwa – Wheelchair Tennis, Round 64, on 1 September, 2012
Nyasha has won 9 international singles titles since 2007 and is currently ranked as number 69 on the Singles World Ranking. He was voted “Sportsman of the Year with a Disability” for three consecutive years (2008-2010) at the Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) organized by the Sports and Recreation Commission in Zimbabwe. This is the highest distinction one can get as an athlete with a disability in the country.
Nyasha Mharakurwa in action
Nyasha’s long-term goal is to win the gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We look forward to witnessing his goal becoming a reality and supporting him as he work towards his goal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Every enthusiastic follower of our Paralympians are urged to focus their attention on Nyasha on the 1st of September for his first match in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Elliot Mujaji – 100 m sprint (T-46) on 6 September, 2012
Elliot is no stranger to the Paralympic Games. He has previously competed in three Paralympic Games and done so quite successfully. He was awarded the Paralympic Gold in both the Athens 2000 and the Sydney 2004 Paralympic Games for his excellent performance in the 100 m sprint T-46 event. These achievements mark the highlights of his sporting career, but are merely the tip of the ice berg as far as Elliot’s outstanding sprint performances are concerned.
Elliot Mujaji at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2008 (picture from www.paralympic.org).
Like his fellow Zimbabwean 2012 Paralympian, Elliot has been decorated with the title of “Sportsman of the Year with a Disability” at ANSA on numerous occasions (2000-2006), as well as earning the distinction for “Sports Person of the Year” in 2002. In addition to this, he has twice been named the Junior Chamber International Award winner for Personal Achievements among Ten Outstanding Young Zimbabweans (2004 and 2007).
Elliot has revealed that he will run for Zimbabwe for the very last time in this year’s Paralympic Games, and has promised to give it his very best. He hopes to end his professional sports career on a high note with yet another Gold medal. His every step will be followed by a world of supporters as he fights to attain his goal on the 6th of September.
Our Paralympians together with Sports and Recreation Commission Director General, Charles Nhemachena (right, back), and Zimbabwe's Chef de Mission for London 2012, Lewis Garaba (left, front).