BULAWAYO Metropolitan Province Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) sports volunteer Thubaelihle Sibanda will tomorrow leave the country for Norway on a 10-month long youth sport exchange programme.
The programme financed by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, brings together sports volunteers from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Norway.
Sibanda is one of the three volunteers chosen to represent Zimbabwe after excelling in national interviews where each province was represented. The other two winning volunteers will represent Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland North.
“The whole programme is about sports and cultural exchange. We are going there to learn about their culture and how they administer their sports.
“This gives us a chance to contribute what I have learnt serving as a volunteer at SRC, to a new community,” Sibanda said.
The three Zimbabwean representatives will leave the country tomorrow for Zambia where they will meet up with other participants from other countries on a 10-day initiation programme, before proceeding to Norway on August 15.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity as it provides me with a chance to gain more exposure and grow as an individual. Norway is a developed country and I believe I can learn a lot of new things in terms of sports.
“The area is cold and they have winter games there that are not yet played here in Zimbabwe. I can learn about them and more during my stay,” Sibanda said.
With a degree in Sports Science and Coaching from the National University of Science and Technology, Sibanda is hoping that this programme would aid her in gaining more experience in that department.
“I am looking forward to the programme and I will learn as much as I can from my stay in Norway.
“I will represent my country very well and will come back having gained a lot in terms of exposure and experience,” Sibanda added.
The youth sports exchange programme is conducted in collaboration with SRC of Zimbabwe and participants get to learn and share each other’s cultures and ways of sports administration.