WWS discovers 100 metre sprint star


While athletics in Zimbabwe is still struggling to compete for attention with other sports, the country could have found its own gem in young 100 metre-specialist Tinashe Mutanga.
The 17-year old Eaglesvale High school speedster is African’s only entrant in the 100 metres event at the Singapore Youth Olympics that runs from August 12-28.
Mutanga qualified for the Youth Olympics with an A standard qualifying time for the Youth Olympics and he will also take part in the World Junior Championships in Canada later this year.
Mutanga ran 10, 68 seconds during the regional Youth Olympic qualifiers where he qualified to represent Zimbabwe.
He is a product of the renowned World Wide Scholarships Academy (WWS) which has been involved in developing some of the country’s recent success stories in athletics for the past eight years.
Some of the notable names that have come through the academy include Ngonidzashe Makusha, Gabriel Mvumvure and Tamla Petersen.
In an interview with NewsDay, the academy’s president Munyaradzi Maraire said WWS was proud to be involved in developing some of the athletes who have gone on to start successful careers abroad while continuing to represent the nation.
“The academy is there to groom kids who are talented in sport and we also offer them scholarship opportunities to universities in the US for them to develop into successful athletes,” Maraire said.
The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) does not have records of local athletes as well as those who are attending universities abroad.
At the moment besides Makusha and Mvumvure, female triple jumper Namatirai Mavugara (George Mason ), Pardon Ndlovu (North Carolina), Antony Hobwana (Pittsburgh) and Clive Chifausipo are also in contention for places in the Zimbabwe squad for the All -Africa Games in Mozambique next year.
While WWS has made available opportunities for local athletics through scholarship programmes and monitoring their progress while abroad, the responsible association, NAAZ continues merely holding on to power while not delivering.