Making a decision to leave your place of birth and going to set up in another country is no easy task. Not only will one have to re-orientate themselves but integrating into a new surrounding can drain the life out of you.
The Enslin family were faced with that choice in the late 1990s to early 2000s when the land invasions ended their farming career. Even after dad Darren represented Zimbabwe and became the first person from an African country to win the World Long Range International Championship in South Africa in April 1999, this was not enough to keep him and his family here.
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Darren is a long-range shooter, having represented Zimbabwe at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada but it was actually his wife Gillian that introduced him to the game after they got married. She has been actively involved in the sport from when she was 18 years of age and just recently the family were delighted to have Dean, one of their two sons (the other named Matthew), joining them to represent their new found home – Australia.
Darren Enslin was meant to be inducted into Zimbabwe’s ‘Hall of Fame’ a few years back in recognition to his contribution to the sport here in Zimbabwe but comments from his wife show that they are just happy contesting together as a family:
It’s not about the winning; although a medal along the way is always a bonus. Being involved in a group or sport and being part of a team is an amazing experience,” Gillian said.