NRL top player’s mum ‘defied death’ to support her son


HARARE – Two years ago, the lifeless body of Teddy “Boxer” Hwata’s mother was being ferried to the mortuary following a horrific car crash when ambulance staff found out that she was still breathing.

Teenage Hwata was crowned Player of the Year at weekend’s Lion Lager National Rugby League (NRL) Awards at glittering ceremony in Harare.

THE LOVE OF A MOTHER: Teddy Hwata, centre, poses for a picture with his mother Faith, left, after winning the NRL Player of the Year Award on Saturday night. Picture: Charmaine Chitate.

The Churchill High School rugby sensation is privileged to have walked the path to prominence with his single mother urging his every move and providing moral support.

The teenage scrumhalf capped off a wonderful season with Harare Sports Club when he walked away with two awards at the end-of-season national awards.

Hwata, who has had to juggle school and rugby, won the Backline Player of the Year and Player of the Year gongs.

His mother, who attended the awards ceremony, believes she is living a second life after she survived a horrific accident in 2011 on her way to Harare from a Netball Super League match at Three Brigade in Mutare.

Teddy’s mother, Faith, was coaching Chaminuka Netball Club at that time of the accident.

“I had so many injuries but I’m told I had stopped breathing and I’m told only on their way to Commando mortuary, I was found to be alive,” says 43-year-old mother of one.

“I thank God for a second chance, I feel I’m a biblical Lazarus, I was awoken from the dead so that I can be on my son’s side until now.

"Even up to today, I’m still needed at Parirenyatwa Hospital for brain scan but I have failed to get the finances.”

Faith says her son’s nickname is no coincidence.

“Boxing is inborn, I did boxing, my father was also a boxer,” she says.

“I taught my child boxing before he even started school. He is my only child. Every time he got into fights I would go and face the father of the child who would have fought with my son.

“I didn’t want to face the mother because I knew after I dealt with the father he would deal with his wife. Then they will discipline their child. I also taught Teddy karate, he is also a soccer player he is an all-rounder,” says Faith who played alongside Stewart Murisa’s mother, Gladys, at St Mary’s Netball Club at the turn of the millennium.

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