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The rise and rise of Tanya Muzinda

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“Thursday is gym time and no motocross,” she wrote on Facebook, accompanied with a picture of her, the only female in a gym full of brawny hunks working out.

“Physical fitness is number one priority also it is important to train the right muscles for a particular sport.”

Then she gets down to the business, working on her upper muscles by moving up and down a weighty basketball-shaped equipment with great gusto.

This is the story of Tanya Muzinda, the young Zimbabwean female motocross star who is currently in the United States for races in the Thor Supercross and Motocross Winter Olympics in Florida.

Muzinda, Zimbabwe’s reigning Junior Sportswoman of the Year, was invited by organisers of the race, Unlimited Sports MX, through their president Wyn Kern.

It is Tanya’s maiden trip to the US, which for a 14-year-old could be quite daunting. But not Tanya. While in the UK last year, she finished third at both the British Girls National Championships and the British Masters Kids.

Whilst in the US, Tanya will be in very good hands. She is accompanied by her parents, dad Tawanda – also her manager – and mum Emma.

Stefy Bau, the legendary female motocross racer, is Tanya’s mentor and will spend countless hours with her during the two-month stay.

But who is Tanya Muzinda, the whiz-kid who has been dominating Zimbabwean sports headlines for quite a few years now and is slowly becoming an international star?

Well, Tanya is the first born child of Tawanda and Emma Muzinda – both sports enthusiasts who have raised their children on a foundation of culture, refinement and dignity. And sports, too, lots of sports!

Dad Tawanda, a motocross fan, sow the first seed of biking in young Tanya. He bought her a go-kart when she was a little girl, and, as they say, the rest is history.

Equipped with her treasured go-kart, Tanya started to go for drills at the Donnybrook Motorsport Park.

There, she was introduced to motocross. Doonybrook, near the Harare township of Mabvuku, has three motocross tracks. On those tracks, a star of Zimbabwean motocross was born, ready to take on the world and make her country immensely proud.

Tanya’s rise has not gone unnoticed by even some of the world’s most powerful figures.

Earlier this year, she was extended an invitation to attend Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd official birthday in London.

Recognition doesn’t come any bigger than this!

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