Midlands Shines At Paralympics Games

The Midlands team, who were participating for the third time in the annually held games, won 10 Gold Medals, 10 Silver Medals and 14Bronze Medals in a stunning performance. This is an increase from last year’s 9 silver medals and 9 bronze medals.

The team came fourth out of 10 provinces. In 2008 the Lions of Midlands as they are affectionately known, were only able to bring back home one medal.

Of those that won the medals at this year’s Paralympics games included seven Visually Impaired (V.I.) athletes under the age of 15.

They will be part of the national team and will be travelling to Swaziland to represent Zimbabwe at the Zone VI games to be held later this year.

Kasimu Shariff, a male amputee scooped two Gold medals and one Silver medal in Discus, Javelin and Shot-put respectively while Bruce Nyoni (V.I) also came home with three medals, two Gold and one Silver in Javelin, shot-put and Discus.

Zvinowanda Vimbai, a female amputee won two Gold medals and one silver medal in the 100m, 200m and 800m competitions while Bulabula Rhoda another female athlete did the province proud by grabbing two gold medals in the 800m and 3000m races.

Winners were presented with their medals at a recent ceremony in Gweru graced by the renowned Paralympics’ National athlete, Elliot Mujaji.

The Paralympics games were started in 2008 after the realisation that the National Youth Games only catered for the able bodied youths and as a way of fulfilling government’s commitment to the millennium development goal of sport as a basic human right for all.