11 Sportspeople Flying Zimbabwe’s Flag High…

Often times we get too busy chasing all the negative news that surrounds our beautiful country and what is going on politically forgetting the goodness that has come out of us.

Here are 11 people that have recently stood out, making us proud as a sporting nation:

1. Brendan Taylor

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Though having recently retired from international cricket, Brendan Taylor, 29, now plays County Cricket for Nottinghamshire, in the United Kingdom. On his debut season at the Nottingham-based club Taylor became the first player to score centuries in each of his two first-class appearances, thus setting a record! See Brendan Taylor’s Profile

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2. Nyasha Mushekwi

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The former CAPS United player is having a blistering start to his Swedish escapade, turning out for Djurgårdens IF (in the Swedish Premier League) and as of mid-season was leading the top goal scorers chart. Averaging a goal-a-game the former Zimbabwe national “Basketball team player” (yes, he used to even play basketball for the country) is on the up, as he is currently 27 years of age. See Nyasha Mushekwi’s Profile

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3. Stansly Maponga

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Zimbabwe’s first representative in the American NFL, Stansly Maponga was a fifth round draft for the Atlanta Falcons and has proved to be a formidable defender when given the opportunity to play. At only 24, Maponga has a number of years of hard tackling to go and letting the NFL know that Zimbabwe exists. See Stansly Maponga‘s Profile

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4. Brendon de Jonge

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Any golfer who attempts to fill the shoes of Nick Price has a tall order to achieve. Brendon de Jonge is on the way to doing just that. Though he is yet to win a PGA Tour title, de Jonge has managed to rake in over US$1.4m in winnings for the half year ALONE! See Brendon de Jonge‘s Profile

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5. Kristy Coventry

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Known as the “Golden Girl” due to her winning of gold medals at the Olympics, Kirsty Coventry while being a fish in the water, has continued to break local and continental records in her more dominant breaststroke. Coming to the climax of her career, Coventry has done the nation proud. See Kirsty Coventry‘s Profile

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6. Axcil Jefferies

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Having had financial difficulties at the start of the season, Axcil Jefferies features in the league just below Lewis Hamilton, GP2 and continues to rise and put Zimbabwe on the motor racing map. Having given this year a miss due to funding, he hopes and dreams to compete in F1 in the not too distant future. See Axcil Jefferies‘ Profile

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7.  Luke Steyn

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Having last experienced snow in August 1935, Luke Steyn has not let them stop him. The Zimbabwean born athlete made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean national to participate in the Winter Olympic games held in Sochi, Russia in 2014. See Luke Steyn’s Profile

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8. Emmanuel Bako

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Young Emmanuel Bako is a Zimbabwean motorcross athlete who has gained prominence in South Africa and Australia where he has participated in events such as Monster Energy National Championship and WOMZA Sunoco Super Series Events and gone on to win. See Emmanuel Bako’s Profile

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9. David Pocock

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Gweru born David Pocock is one of the most prominent rugby players born in Zimbabwe. He migrated to Australia at the age of twelve where he has lived since and established himself as one of the leading rugby players “Down Under”. See David Pocock’s Profile

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10. Tendai Mtawarira

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Tendai “Beast” Mutawarira  has been down South since 2008 and has gone on to represent the Springboks among many accolades. He has become one of the most celebrated rugby playing icons born and raised in Zimbabwe and continues to make us proud. See Tendai Mtawarira’s Profile

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11. Charles Manyuchi

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The two-time World Boxing Council defending champion who hails from Masvingo has done well in a relatively short career. He is positing himself hopefully for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the not too distant future. See Charles Manyuchi’s Profile

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  1. Jackie Cocksedge 25 September 2015
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