A STAR has emerged from deep in one of the Midlands’ rural areas, Silobela.
Enlita Ncube (15) was born in July 29 1998 in a family of six; four boys and two girls. She is the last born in the family and it seems her talent as an athlete is growing in leaps and bounds as she defied odds in Botswana winning the Under-18
1 500m race during the Confederation of Schools Sports Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) games that ended on April 28.
She romped home in four minutes, nine seconds booking a ticket to the World Youth competitions slated for US in July.
Ncube who is a Form Three pupil at Msilahobe Secondary School in Silobela, said athletics is a family sport as all of her siblings were active in the sport during their school days although they failed to reach the level she has attained.
“I am very happy to find myself in such a competition. In our family, we are all good athletes, my sisters and brothers were also good athletes during their school days. I remember when I was in Grade Four one of my brothers made it to the national competitions that were held at Chinhoyi,” she said.
She stays with her parents Lenard and Rena Ncube who give her full support in the sport.
The clubless 15-year-old is trained by Wirion Ngazimbi an athletics professional and fanatic who is also helping a number of athletes nurture their talents at Ziscosteel.
She says she has developed strong bonds with Townsend Girls’ High School sprinter Yvonne Vanhuvaone and Dombodombo Secondary school’s Marryjoy Madyiravanji who is also a 1 500m and 800m specialist.
“My best friends are Yvonne Vhanhuvaone from Bulawayo and Marryjoy Madyiravanji who stays in Zvishavane. We are all athletes and it just happened that we became close friends. Yvonne (Vanhuvaone) is a sprinter while Marry (Madyiravanji) is a middle-distance runner like me. We were in the same competition in Botswana and she came second after me,” Ncube said.
Ncube was ecstatic about her qualification to the World Youths Championships saying she will not travel to the US to make numbers, but to bring medals home and fly the Zimbabwean flag high.