© ZIMBABWE netball and Platinum Queens star Sharleen Tanaka Makusha is over the moon after scooping two awards at the Norton Achievers Awards held at the iconic Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton.
Makusha, who plays as a goalkeeper, walked away with the Sports Woman of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year gongs. The awards were organised by the town’s House of Assembly member Temba Mliswa.
The 22-year-old was rewarded for an outstanding 2019 in which she was part of the Gems’ squad for the Netball World Cup held in Liverpool, England and also helped Platinum Queens to a second place finish in the Rainbow Amateur League.
“It was a pleasant surprise, I didn’t really expect to win that big on the night,” Makusha told the Daily News.
“I think it feels good to be recognised and many thanks to honourable Mliswa for coming up with such awards.
“Not only does it motivates me as a player but even for the youngsters who are still up and coming. It gives them the zeal and hunger to work hard so that one day they will be able to stand up on the podium and receive their awards just like I did.”
Makusha, who was a talented footballer at school before switching to netball, is looking forward to more success with Platinum Queens and the Gems in 2020.
“My desire is to see the aspiring sports fanatics especially the girl child not to look down upon sport but start taking it seriously at a tender age because in sport lies a decent living,” she said.
“Sport is a good thing; many are living their dream through scholarships, I’m a professional netball player and I’m earning a living through netball.
“My targets for this year is to see Platinum Queens winning the championship and for the Gems we want to put in practice all the experience gained at our respective clubs and win every competition we participate in so that we make our country proud, make our fans happy as well as our sponsors who have stood with us so that we keep getting their support.”