Sport - Date: 28 May 2022
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 1202
Well-known local gymnast Angel Mulaudzi has her heart set on producing many more gymnasts from the rural areas.
Angel has started her own club, called Wavhudi Gymnastics, in Thohoyandou. She said she initiated the club with the idea to develop rural young people and give them an opportunity to get trained in gymnastics. “I have seen impressive talent locally and came up with the idea of starting a club. Gymnastics teaches one to work hard, be disciplined and stay focused. It also helps with social interactions - knowing and accepting gymnasts from different backgrounds. Lastly, gymnastics is fun!”
She invites young boys and girls who are interested in gymnastic to come and join them. “We are planning to make this sport big, and we want everyone to participate. If we get sponsors in the future, we will reward the gymnasts to strengthen their spirits.” She also invites businesspeople to support her club with sponsorships for the students.
Angel is a second-year student at Univen, where she studies for a BSc in sport and exercise science. In 2021, she participated at the SA Gymnastic Games and returned home with five gold medals.
Growing up in rural Limpopo herself, she knows how scarce sporting resources can be. She trained gymnasts for a long time, and now aspires to continue this practise to help other promising gymnasts to reach their dreams and to produce world champions from the Vhembe area, without their having to move to the cities in search of better opportunities. “There is so much talent in the rural villages just waiting to be explored. We must nurture it, else it will be lost forever,” she said.
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Well-known local gymnast Angel Mulaudzi wants to produce world champion gymnasts from the rural areas. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.