KWEKWE- After having dispatched a youthful team of karatekas to participate at an all-schools karate tournament dubbed Clash of the Titans at Veritas (formerly Italian) Sports Club in Harare last week, revered karateka Sensei Shepherd Ziwira concedes that they got more than they bargained for in the capital.
Speaking to midlandsnews, Sensei Ziwira said his youthful contingent executed itself in a competitive manner and proved their mettle despite the underdog tag literally pasted on them. The award-winning side consisted of two gold medalists- 9-year-old McEvans Kadenhe of Kids Paradise and Herentals College’s Tamuka Ziwira (18). The other two atheletes, Tadiwanashe Ngwenya (12) of Chana Primary and Lovemore Mutune (10) of Fitchlea bagged silver medals apiece.
“It was such an amazing feat from the youngsters and they managed to prove their mettle at the highest level. The competition was tough since it involved students drawn from across various schools and it actually exposed these young athletes to the kind of competition they will likely face at regional or international stages,” Ziwira.
Sensei Ziwira also said that they were forced to travel with only four athletes due to economic challenges facing the country. Parents and guardians of the award-winning four, Ziwira said, had to sponsor the Kwekwe side, financially.
The Clash of the Titans is now in its fourth year running and is sponsored by catholic-run Dominican Convent.