As part of preparations for the 10th edition of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic games set for Bindura, Bulawayo Province has engaged in intra district competitions that are being used to select teams for the provincial qualifiers that are scheduled for the White City Stadium on the 25th of March.
Over 300 sportspersons with disabilities from 8 schools met at Robert Sinyoka Primary School for the Khami district paralympic games which are part of the 5 district competitions under the Bulawayo Province.
With Tokyo 2020 paralympic games being the major vision, Bulawayo Province has set a target to contribute at least 20 percent of members to Team Zimbabwe hence the drive to promote junior development as evidenced by youngsters being given an opportunity to showcase their sporting prowess.
The attainment of these set targets can only be achieved if parents of children with disabilities also play a part in ensuring their children are given equal opportunities as their able bodied counterparts, according to the head in charge of paralympics in Khami district Mandlenkosi Mkandla.
Two of the participants during the Khami district competition were the 2016 AUSC Region 5 games in Angola, visually impaired bronze medalist Dylan Gwebu of St Bernards Primary School and national paralympics games bronze medalist amputee sprint Queen Surprise Gumede who both concurred on the importance of sport to people with disabilities.
Calls have been heightened to ensure that sport for people with disabilities is given the same prominence with parents of disabled children being urged to allow them to partake in sport which can be their source of livelihood instead of relying on begging.