TOWNSEND Girls’ High school have recognised the efforts of World Youth Championships’ number eight, 16-year-old athlete Yvonne Vanhuvaone as the most successful athlete the school has ever produced in history.
Rugare Dhure the Townsend Girls’ High sports director told Southern Eye that the Masvingo-born Vanhuvaone, doing Form Three, has made a name for herself in the history of the school.
For her efforts, Vanhuvaone was given a special athletics blazer and two satchels.
“As Townsend High School, we are very proud of Yvonne. She has made a name not for herself, but also for Townsend. We have realised that she has achieved more than any other athlete Townsend have ever produced,” Dhure said.
Dhure said this at the school’s prize giving day ceremony held on Friday under the theme “Promoting Academic, Technical and Vocational Education”.
This year Vanhuvaone attained 15 gold, six silver and three bronze medals in all of her competitions.
She took part in the Zimbabwe National Youth Games in August and won two gold, one silver and one bronze, grabbed silver in the Cossassa games and bronze in the Southern African seniors in Botswana in May, got bronze in the African Youth Championships in Nigeria in April.
Vanhuvaone also took part in the World Youth Championships in Ukraine in July and she is currently ranked eighth in the World Youth Athletes rankings.
Dhure said Vanhuvaone has been the envy of other athletes at Townsend and has given them the challenge to take athletics seriously.
“The presence of Yvonne at Townsend has changed the attitude of other girls.
“From her achievements, they have realised that you can achieve a lot through sport. Yvonne has reached countries as far as Ukraine through athletics and other girls now feel challenged,” she said.
Vanhuvaone said she was happy with her achievements and will work hard to achieve more accolades.
“I am happy with what I have achieved and I will continue working hard to achieve even more. I see myself competing in the next Olympic Games. I am grateful for the support I am getting from Townsend High,” Vanhuvaone said.
Asked how she balances sport and education Vanhuvaone said she finds it easy because everything has its own time.
“I do not have any challenges because I have a timetable for schoolbusiness and time for sports, I also practise with Sparrows Athletics Club,” she added.