After all of the funding and other challenges facing the Mighty Warriors and other athletes representing Zimbabwe at the 2016 Olympics, we weren’t expecting to hear of another Zimbabwean team making it to Rio against all odds.
Zimbabwe has entered a four person coxed para-rowing squad in the 2016 Paralympic games taking place in Rio de Janeiro this upcoming week. The team includes two high school students, Michele Garnett of Chisipite Senior and coxswain Jessica Davis of Peterhouse Girls. Recent St George’s College graduate Takudzwa Gwariro, who was injured several years ago in a high school rugby match, is also part of the squad. Previous Wiri and Margaret Bangajena round off the team.
Coached by St George’s rowing coach Rachel Davis, the Zimbabwean squad only began formal training together this year, but qualified after lots of challenges in competitions in Italy and Poland. After the Opening Ceremony on 7 September, the Zimbabwean para-rowers’ first race will be on 9 September at 1pm Zimbabwe time.