visually impaired athletes.jpgZimbabwe’s strength in the regional competitions the Zone Six games has always been in athletics for the visually impaired.


As a build up to the games which will be hosted by Swaziland this December, ZBC News crew profiles some of the medal hopefuls within athletics for the visually impaired.

After sending only 6 athletes to the last edition of the Zone Six games, Zimbabwe will this time be aiming a top finish as 18 athletes will be representing athletics for the visually impaired.


History has proved that Zimbabwe hauls most of its medals from athletics for the visually impaired as in the 2004 games the discipline amassed 18 medals, 17 in 2006 and 13 in 2008 26 of them all being gold.


One of the medal hopefuls this year is Wedza based Richard Mapiye who qualified after winning three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400meters at the Zimbabwe national Paralympics games.


Decorated for her several achievements, 17 year old Afrah Chiwanza is another athlete to look out for. Her career achievements include two gold medals in the 2008 ZNPG 800m and 1500m silver in the 2009 400m and 1500m. He also won a gold medal in the 1500m event and a silver medal in the 800m at the 2010 Danhiko games.                                                      


Some of the top athletes in the team are Nyaradzai Tagarira who is rated the fastest female sprinter in Buhera district, 17 year old Peter Chideme, holder of the 100m national Paralympic record and Sethuleni Mguni who has engraved his dominance in the Danhiko 100m and 200m races.