Kirsty Coventry

Exceptional women step up in month of our heroes

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WOMENa��S month is a South African movement that celebrates womena��s achievements a�� from the political to the social a�� while calling for gender equality but many also celebrate it in Zimbabwe.

a�?Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult,a�? once wrote Charlotte Whitton a�� the first woman mayor of the city of Ottawa in Canada in the early 1950s.

Zimbabwe also celebrates its heores in August. B-Metro takes a closer look at exceptional women that are defying the odds in the world of sport.

A few weeks ago not many people could confidently proclaim who or what the Zimbabwe Gems are.
Well wonder no more.

The Zimbabwe Gems a�� our national netball team a�� will be flying the countrya��s flag high in Liverpool, England after qualifying for the Netball World Cup slated for July 2019.

The local ladies join 10 teams that have qualified for the World Cup alongside Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa, Malawi, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Samoa, Fiji and hosts England.

The name Kirsty Coventry needs no introduction.

Regarded as the greatest swimmer from Africa, she is one of the 10 best female swimmers ever.

Winning seven gold medals in two Olympics and competing in five total Games between 2000 and 2016 is no mean feat.

Her post retirement profile is looking bright as well.

In September last year Coventry was elected as vice-president of the International Surfing Association (ISA) in addition to being one of the two vice-presidents of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee.

In February this year, Coventry was unanimously elected to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This week on her facebook page she narrated how her road to stardom was carved.

a�?My parents did everything to make my dream come true, from waking me up from as early as 4.30am for training to flipping burgers just to send me to competitions.

a�?Both my parents believed in me, and so did my little sister. They never made me doubt myself. They did everything they could to help me realise something that was near impossible, so I too did everything I needed to do to make it happen,a��a�� she said.

Football is the most popular sport in the country and a woman a�� Sithethelelwe Sibanda a�� is doing her bit in taking the game to greater heights.

As current coach of the Mighty Warriors, Sibanda is making sure Zimbabwe are no pushovers when the ladies meet other continental powerhouses.

A holder of the highest coaching badge in the country, the Caf A Licence, Sibanda is proof that women can go toe to toe with men even in male dominated fields.

She recently attained a Caf accredited certificate to train aspiring local coaches. best viagra deals.