Brian Mada Wins First Player of The Month Contest

We have always wanted to celebrate the successes of our young student-athletes and not just with our pens but with small tokens of appreciation. Last month, one of the leading and oldest sports shops in Zimbabwe, Mark Manolios Sports partnered with SSN to make this possible and we ran our first ever Player of the month contest.

We picked out four contestants whom we believed were all worthy because of what they had achieved for either their school or our beloved Zimbabwe and we asked you, our readers to vote. And vote you did.

It was a tight contest that received 1012 votes by the time we closed it. Brian Mada of St Faith’s mission in Rusape collected 329 votes ahead of Chisipite’s Itai Kuwodza who amassed 296 votes. With the 33%, Mada was crowned the Mark Manolios Player of the Month for May.

Brain Mada
Brain Mada

Mada was part of the junior track and field team that travelled to South Africa in May to represent Zimbabwe. Because of a sprained ankle he could only complete two of his four jumps in the triple jump event, but his first jump of 14,76 metres was enough to win silver. He was the only one who medalled for Team Zimbabwe.

At the National Championships held at Peterhouse Boys earlier in the year, Mada jumped 15,2 metres setting a new record ahead of Ngoni Makusha’s record from eight years back.

May’s Shortlist
Brian Mada
Brian Mada

Brian Mada – St Faith’s Mission (Long Jump)

Brian was part of the junior track and field team that travelled to South Africa in May to represent Zimbabwe. Because of a sprained ankle Brian could only complete two of his four jumps in the triple jump event, but that was enough to win silver. He was the only one who medalled for Team Zimbabwe.

Skye Davidson
Skye Davidson

Skye Davidson – Hellenic Academy (Triathlon)

A fifth place finish at the All Africa Triathlon Championships earned Skye Davidson a spot to represent Zimbabwe at Triathlon World Championships scheduled for August this year in Vancouver, Canada. Skye is the second Zimbabwean after Laurelle Brown to qualify for the World Champs.

Newton Tanyanyiwa
Newton Tanyanyiwa

Newton Tanyanyiwa – Eaglesvale School (Rugby)

Newton was named Forward of the Festival at the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival. He captained the Eaglesvale 1st XV side which also won the Team of the Festival award after upsetting St John’s College and Churchill.

Itai Kuwodza
Itai Kuwodza

Itai Kuwodza – Chisipite Senior School (Basketball)

Itai led her team on a successful tour campaign down in South Africa over the school holidays where her team won all five fixtures in Cape Town. The captain top scored for her team during the tour and her great vision at point guard worked wonders in aid of her team’s efforts to complete a perfect tour campaign.

Learn more about the Mark Manolios Player of the Month contest.

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