Shelly Guni, recently in ZVISHAVANE
Sport has long served as a unifying force for communities worldwide, and the Zvishavane community in Zimbabwe is no exception.
Through various sporting activities and events, sport continues to illuminate the Zvishavane community by fostering unity, promoting physical and mental well-being, and offering opportunities for personal growth.
One of the primary ways in which sport brings light to the Zvishavane community is by fostering unity among its residents. Sport possesses a unique ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together, transcending barriers such as age, gender, and social status.
In Zvishavane, sport events like football matches draw large crowds of spectators who gather to support their local teams. These events cultivate a sense of camaraderie among community members as they cheer for their favourite players and celebrate victories together.
The shared experience of watching or participating in sports helps forge connections between individuals who might not otherwise interact.
Blessed Chinyangare, a Sports Psychologist based in Zvishavane, said,
“Sport plays a crucial role in promoting physical and mental well-being within the Zvishavane community. Regular participation in sports activities helps individuals maintain an active lifestyle, enhancing overall fitness levels and reducing the risk of chronic diseases like obesity or heart disease. In addition to the physical health benefits, engaging in sports also contributes to mental well-being by relieving stress and anxiety.
The sense of accomplishment that comes with achieving personal goals or winning games can boost self-esteem and foster positive mental health among participants.”
Sport provides opportunities for personal growth within the Zvishavane community. For many young individuals growing up in this area, participating in sports offers a path to self-discovery and skill development. By joining local sports clubs or teams, young athletes can acquire essential values such as discipline, teamwork, perseverance, and leadership skills—qualities that extend beyond the field or court into other aspects of life.
Talented athletes from Zvishavane have the potential to represent their community at regional or national levels, showcasing their skills and bringing pride to their hometown. Three players from the FC Platinum Holdings-sponsored netball team, Platinum Queens, were part of the team that participated in the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
The trio of Progress Moyo, Claris Kwaramba, and Elizabeth Mushore all delivered impressive performances at the World Cup, with Mushore also earning the title of Player of the Match after their victory over Sri Lanka. However, the Gems finished 13th.
This not only inspires other young individuals but also places Zvishavane on the map as a hub for sporting talent.
Sport also carries economic benefits for the Zvishavane community. Hosting sports events attracts visitors from neighboring towns and cities, boosting local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and shops.
Chinyangare said, “Successful athletes from Zvishavane can attract sponsorships and endorsements, providing financial support not only for themselves but also for their families and communities.”