Zim rower shines

ZIMBABWE Rowing athletes continue to make waves at international level following the recent triumph of Danielle Kaschula at the virtual World indoor rowing championships that ended yesterday.

The 13-year-old Peterhouse sensation produced a fine performance and managed to bag a bronze medal in the women Under-19, 500m race. She finished behind Egyptian Sara Mohamed and Meg Knight of Great Britain.

Peter House group of Schools were among the first to send their congratulatory messages following her impressive display.

“Huge congratulations to Dannielle Kaschula, Peterhouse Girls, who re-broke her World Record for the U14s 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships in the Peterhouse Boys gym on Wednesday,” the Group of School wrote.

“Danielle represented both Zimbabwe and Africa in this competition, having completed a rigorous qualification process.

Given Danielle’s age against that of her competitors, this was an amazing achievement.

“She has certainly done her school, indeed her country, proud. She was supported by a small, yet very vocal, audience, who egged her on to finish in an impressive 1:31:9.”

Last year, Kaschula set five new World Records during the virtual tournaments held in the midst of the coronavirus. She entered the Americas Qualifier and won the U19, 500m in a time of 1:32.8.

While she was not eligible to earn the Americas continental qualification place in this event as a Zimbabwean, Kaschula submitted her score into the Open Qualification pathway to earn a place in the Final.

This not only qualified Kaschula for the World Rowing Indoor Championships but set a new World Record in the 13-14 year old age group.

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