Brandon Moyo, [email protected]
SQUASH Rackets Association of Zimbabwe’s (SRAZ) chairman, Lucky Mlilo was impressed with yesterday’s fun walk held at Suburbs Squash Club in Bulawayo.
The five-kilometre fun walk was a twofold event which covered junior players’ fundraising as well as the drug and substance abuse awareness.
After the fun walk whose theme was “Say No to Drugs”, there were squash exhibition matches that were played.
Funds raised during the walk will be channeled towards assisting Zimbabwe junior squash players participating at regional and international competitions.
Mlilo was impressed with the turnout at the event as it attracted current and former squash players and also non-players
“Today (yesterday) was a brilliant day. We did our fundraising fun walk whose objectives was to raise some funds for our juniors who will participate in the schools interprovincial tournament in South Africa next month.
We have two players that will be participating in the World Juniors in Australia in July.
“We are pleased with the turnout; we know it’s Africa Day and there are a number of functions around Bulawayo but it was quite a good turnout. We had over 20 players and non-players coming in to join us,” said Mlilo.
In the exhibition matches played, Ryan Gwidzima beat Thabo Sibanda 2-1 in a closely contested encounter while Natasha Gwidzima edged Alicia Nyoni 1-0 having played just one game. Jessica Lovendale beat Owami Sithole 1-0.
Natasha and Nyoni are the two players who will represent Zimbabwe in South Africa in the Under-16s, as they are ranked number one and two respectively in the country. The duo will compete in the Under-14s category.
Yesterday’s event was the first fundraising e vent hosted by SRAZ in Bulawayo and more events are expected to take place.