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    Mirror journalist short listed for regional sports awards

    Tinashe Tirivavi.


    HARARE- 2018 national sports reporter of the year, Tinashe Tirivavi has been short listed for the African Union Region 5 sports awards to be held in Namibia on 25 may.
    Tirivavi will battle it out with Motshidisi Mohono from South Africa and Limba Mupetami from Namibia for the regional sports reporter of the year in Windhoek.
    Tirivavi was named the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists sports reporter of the year at a colourful ceremony held last year at Holiday Inn in Harare.
    Other Zimbabweans who have been shortlisted include Gilbert Nyamutsamba – coach of the year (Rugby 7s coach), Ryan Gwidzima- junior sportsperson of the year (squash), Lorryn Ashley Bass- junior female sportsperson of the year (rowing), Wilfred Mashaya – sportsman of the year and sportsperson of the year, Margaret Bangajena- sportswoman of the year with disability.
    Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Yeukai Simbanegavi said the Government is committed to supporting sportspersons for them to continue to raise the country’s flag high at regional and international competitions.
    “As Government we are committed to continuously supporting our sportspersons so that they can excel at a much higher level in order to bring joy and pride to our beloved country. We will also continue to engage with other stakeholders and partners so that together we can transform the sports sector into a source of livelihood, it should be put on record that this is the first time in the history of Zimbabwe, since the inception of Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) to have our sportspersons making it in 7 out 9 categories,” said Simbanegavi.
    African Union Sports Council Region 5 chief executive officer  Stanely Mutoya said that the regional sports awards brand is growing by the year.
    “To date we have nine member countries taking part in the fourth edition of RASA and we welcome Angola for the first time. We celebrate this exponential growth given that at the inauguration in 2016 we only had five members. This is an indication that we have a good product,” said Mutoya.
    Tirivavi said that he was happy to be shortlisted for the prestigious awards which honour those who have contributed and excelled in sport.
    “it is such an honor being recognized for the contribution in sports regionally, I would also want to thank The Mirror editor Nkulumani Mlambo and consultant Matthew Takaona who have helped me realize my potential,” said Tirivavi.

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