Zimbabwe's first ever beach volleyball tournament a showcase for the game
The tournament was organised by the Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) and the National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) – a key partner in the Great Zimbabwe Talent Identification and Development Programme. It was held under the theme: “Get Involved!”
Perpetua Masarira, the national head in charge of volleyball, praised NASH and ZVA for their symbiotic relationship, which has resulted in the successful hosting the inaugural tournament. Erasmus Mupukuta, ZVA technical and development vice-president, paid tribute to the Beach Volleyball Commission for its sterling efforts beginning in 2009.
“I recognise the diligent and meticulous efforts of the Beach Volleyball Commission, specifically Chris Chivinge, James Masimba and Robert Njerere, who have shown unparalleled commitment to the growth of the discipline in the country,” said Mupukuta. “These guys have not rested since they exhibited beach volleyball at the National Youth Games in 2009.”
Speaking during the awards ceremony, the guest of honour – provincial education, sport, arts and aulture director Mr Jiji – commended NASH and ZVA for coming to Manicaland with an exciting and truly addictive brand of sport.
“When I came here yesterday, I queried why there were fewer players on the court [compared to indoor volleyball]; but when I watched the diving actions and the powerful hitting of the ball, I was convinced the number of players was ideal. I was not only convinced about the sport, but I wanted to play this addictive game.”
Cornway High School and Roosevelt Girls High wrote themselves into the history books as they became the first winners of a beach volleyball competition in Zimbabwe. A total of 38 pairs – 20 boys’ and 18 girls’ teams – from the country’s 10 provinces made the grade to participate in the inaugural National High Schools Under-20 Beach Volleyball Tournament. The two-day event saw the crème de la crème of the country’s high schools beach volleyball athletes doing battle, in a carnival atmosphere under the sunny conditions that engulfed Mavhudzi School.
National boys’ volleyball champion Cornway dominated play from start to finish, losing only one set in the final to Pamushana to clinch the championship unbeaten. The Cornway pair of Charles Nyamasve and Douglas Choto put up a fantastic show as they narrowly beat the Pamushana duo of Constantine Nyika and Tapuwanashe Makore 2-1 in a pulsating duel. In the girls’ category, giants Roosevelt ruled the roost as they defeated all their opponents 2-0 save for the final against Marondera where they dropped a set. The Roosevelt pair of Tanaya Manyonga and Fadzai Mushangwe dismantled the Marondera team of Tsitsi Makoni and Tracy Makoho 21-13, 20-22 and 21-11.