Blade runner Pride Mafira is writing his own piece of history after making the Zimbabwean squad which will be participating at the Uganda Para Badminton International Tournament this month.
Pride was 6 months old when his right leg was amputated at the United Bulawayo Hospital.
This was after being born with a deformed right leg which was missing two critical bones between the knee and ankle known in the medical field as the fibula.
Despite all challenges, Mafira has pursued his sporting talent, winning seven medals, which include two golds at the national championships for the physically disabled in Stellenbosch recently.
After making headlines on the athletics track, Mafira will, from 21 to 28 April, be part of a Zimbabwean team that will be competing at the Uganda Para Badminton International Tournament, a transition which has impressed Zimbabwe’s para badminton coach Wilfred Alfonso.
“Pride has made an incredible transition from athletics to badminton but he has shown exceptional talent and I am positive that he will be able to perform well when we travel to Uganda,” he said.
With a badminton debut on the horizon, Mafira said his broad vision is to represent his country at top events.
“I am hoping to challenge for qualification at the Tokyo Olympics. It has been nice doing well in my athletics and playing badminton is a very great experience for me,” Mafira said.
Elliot Mujaji is by far the most prominent name when it comes to top paralympians produced by Zimbabwe, but since his retirement the country has struggled to produce one.
However, Mafira is providing a ray of hope for Zimbabweans on the paralympics scene.