British envoy for wheelchair tennis tournament

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The British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Deborah Bronnert will be in the city for a juniors wheelchair tennis tournament that the embassy is holding at Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) to mark 200 days before the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The tournament will start in the morning but the British envoy will be at BAC in the afternoon and will watch the final matches as she has other activities lined up in the city.

After the tournament, Bronnert will present a speech before presentation of prizes to the winners of the tournament.

Matabeleland Wheelchair Tennis Association chairman Johane Marufu yesterday said it was a great honour to have the ambassador in town and urged the people of Bulawayo to come and watch the tournament as they strive to market the sport.

Zimbabwes junior wheelchair tennis ace Shepherd Banda, Gary-Gino Vundla, Ocean Maedza, Nqobile Khumalo and Innocent Ndebele will be among those taking part in the tournament. Brian Mafuvise from Harare and Masvingos Munyaradzi Mamombe will also feature in the tournament and were expected in the city yesterday.

The British Embassy is also holding a London 2012 Olympics drawing competition for Bulawayo City Council primary schools and pupils were expected to submit a drawing entitled Sport and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by Friday last week.

Winning schools will be presented with prizes tomorrow morning at a school that will be chosen by the British City Council Education Department, where the British Ambassador will be the guest of honour.

Prizes include football and netball kits and balls for schools, satchels for individuals and stationery. Zimbabwe is expected to send a 15-member contingent of to the London 2012 Olympic Games, which will run from July 27 to August 12 while the Paralympic Games will run from August 29 to September 9.

Michael Bulagango, the Zimbabwe Paralympic Committee president, and Marufu will be among the guests at BAC.