Although there was not a National Paralympic Committee in the country until 2010, people with disabilities have been finding their way to various sporting arenas regionally, continentally and internationally.
This then meant that, each individual had to find their own sponsor, coach and manager who would finance the training, travelling and their participation at competitions.
Although the government provided financial aid during the Paralympic Games, there was no co-ordinated mechanism to maintain athletes' momentum between the Games.
Athletes with visual impairments, physical disabilities and intellecutal disabilitieshave participated at various international competitions since 1980 and have brought several gold medals home to Zimbabwe.
In 2004, the International Paralympic Committee, in concurrence with the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) gave the go-ahead to people with disabilities to form an interim committee that would work on the constitution to pave way for the establishment of a National Paralympic Committee in the country.
After much discussion and unforseen delays, a task force was set up in 2009 with representatives from various disability sporting codes was put in place to finalize the constitution for its adoption and registration with the Sport and Recreation Commission and the International Paralympic Committee, respectively.
In March of the same year, a meeting was convened and the constitution was finalized and adopted by all stakeholders present. In June 2009, the constitution was then signed by the President and the Secretary General of the task force and an application for registration was sent to the Sport and Recreation Commission for consideration.
Unfortunately, the Sports and Recreation Commission could not register the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee that year because there was no Sports and Recreation Commission board to grant the Sports and Recreation Commission the permission to do so. The Sports and Recreation Commission board was put in place at the end of 2009 and an immediate request was made to the Board to consider, as a matter of urgency, the registration of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee in order to legalize its operations.
Finally, the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee was registered in July 2010.
Subsequently, a substantive committee was elected into office in August of the same year to spearhead the Paralympic Movement's activities across the country.
At the beginning of November 2009, an assessment workshop was held with representatives from the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) and IPC to assess the sporting environment among people with disabilities in Zimbabwe. The two representatives were happy with what they witnessed and admitted that all the negative things said, heard, written and read about our country did not accurately reflect what they found on the ground.
It was at the same workshop that the ZNPC, with assistance from the Sports and Recreation Commission paid its long-standing affiliation fees and automatically became a member of the IPC family with full rights and entitlements of all benefits.