PENGUIN Swimming Club’s 12-year old Theo Marimira rose to the occasion at the Zimbabwe National Aquatic Championships held in Harare from Thursday last week to Monday grabbing gold in the 200m medley relay, two bronze medals for 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.
The young Marimira who is a grade 7 pupil at Centenary Primary School, had abandoned the sport for the better part of the season and re-joined after being encouraged by the Cyprianos family.
Southern Eye Sport caught up with Marimira’s ecstatic mother Sithandekile Magida who said her child made her proud.
“I am proud of him, after abandoning swimming for a long time he went to Harare and brought medals which show that he is talented. I hope he will continue with this kind of form. After this experience for his secondary education we are going to push him to a school that prioritises swimming so that they will continue to nurture his talent. Swimming teaches discipline, so I hope he will carry that discipline even off the sport,” Magida said.
After a sensational campaign in Harare, Marimira is now waiting for the junior nationals slated for Petra Primary School, Byo, this weekend.
Matabeleland Swimming Board chairperson Edmore Cyprianos said he was pleased by the performance of the team that travelled to Harare.
“We did very well, a number of athletes managed to scoop medals. The competition was good,” Cyprianos said.