Versatility In Sports: The New Norm

Versatility in sports and careers is now the new norm. Most athletes the world over are able to competitively play more than one sport. Former England cricket captain, Andrew Flintoff proved this to be true when he took up competitive boxing after retiring from playing cricket. This generation of Zimbabwe’s school sportspeople are no exception. Most of these young sportspeople are representing their nation and their schools in more than one sporting discipline. One name that readily comes to mind, is the late Nicholas Burnett who represented Zimbabwe in rugby at the 2013 edition of Craven Week, as well as in swimming.’s Face2Face interviewees are no exception and are proof of this versatility. The following is a list of some of the young schoolboys and girls we have interviewed, and the more than one sport they play, not only for the 1st teams of their schools but for Zimbabwe.

Sinead Cockcroft
She has represented Zimbabwe in water-polo and hockey. Sinead was part of the Chisipite Senior School hockey side that won this year’s edition of the Golden Girls Tournament held at Arundel School. Read her interview here.

Tsitsi Mahachi
She has represented Zimbabwe in athletics at the IAAF junior championships and she plays first team soccer for her school, Chisipite.
Read her interview here.

Brendon Mandivenga
He was fourth on the top-point scorers list at the 2013 U18 Craven Week edition held in Polokwane, South Africa earlier this year. He also plays first team cricket for his school, Peterhouse Boys. Read his interview here.

Thomas Chadwick 
The head boy of St John’s College wears a black blazer where others wear cream ones! Thomas has represented Zimbabwe in rugby and water-polo, and his school in athletics. He set a new record in the U19 javelin event, for the longest throw at the St John’s College athletics meet earlier this year. Read his interview here.

Kyle van Leeuwen
Kyle has donned national colours in squash and hockey. He has been in good batting form for Hellenic Academy this cricket season and a Zimbabwe U19 call-up would not be a surprise. Read his interview here.

It is pleasing to note that this generation of young sportspeople are not only excelling on the field but off it too – academically.

There are plenty more girls and boys we have not mentioned in this article, who have represented their school and country in more than one sport. Write to us at or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter giving us more names of current sportspeople who do more than one sporting discipline, the schools they attend and the sports they play at national level and for the 1st teams of their schools.