Vanhuvaone targets four gold medals

TOWNSEND High School and Sparrows sprinter Yvonne Vanhuvaone says she is targeting four medals during the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games which kick off tomorrow in Bulawayo.

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This, she says, will help Team Zimbabwe to top the medals list at the end of the games.

Vanhuvaone has been in fine form in the past few years, scooping medals at district, provincial, national and regional level.

The 17-year-old sprinter missed out in the last edition of the games that were held in Lusaka, Zambia, but this time she believes she has been presented with a golden opportunity to shine.

“I am looking forward to winning four medals in this competition,” she said.

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“It is possible so I will work hard to raise my country’s flag high,” Vanhuvaone said.

She rose into fame in last year’s Zimbabwe National Youth Games where she scooped two gold, a silver and one
bronze.

Vanhuvaone needs at least three gold medals to equal Midlands’ middle distance runner Sithulisiwe Zhou who won three gold medals in 2012 in the same competition. Zhou’s medals came from the 800m, I 500m and the 5 000m events.

Team Zimbabwe’s athletics contingent will also be banking on sprinters Buhle Geza and Tsitsi Mahachi who will be making their second appearances in this competition.

Meanwhile, Team Zimbabwe sponsor Astro Mobile has donated tablets that will be distributed to all disciplines so that quick updates are made on the proceedings.

Team Zimbabwe chéf de mission Sebastian Garikai extended his gratitude to the sponsors saying that the gadgets had come at a right time and would help ease communication problems.

“We would also like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors,” he said.

“They have been helping us here and there. We have received tablets from Astro Mobile with an application that will be used by either a player, the coach or any other delegates to update what would be happening as the games commence.”

He urged Team Zimbabwe to work very hard and beat South Africa, Angola and Mozambique who are the pre-games favourites.

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