Malawi-born wins Olympic gold, First Gentleman inspires team

Malawi team taking part in the London 2012 Olympic games can claim a sliver of the gold medal from a Malawian born Aussie.

The 20-year-old Cate Campbell won gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic games in the women’s swimming 4x100m freestyle relay team on Saturday.

The gold medallist confirmed she was born and grew up in Blantyre, Malawi “until the age of nine.”

Competing for Malawi are Mike Tebulo for the men’s marathon, Ambwene Simukonda the women’s 400m and Joyce Tafatatha the 50m freestyle(swimming).

First Gentleman Richard Banda with Malawi team at Olympic village

Team Malawi

Meanwhile, the First Gentleman retired Chief Justice Richard Banda who as a track and field athlete represented Malawi in Olympics and later became the President of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi inspired the Malawi team and wished them the best in the London games.

Banda  said  this when  he visited  the team  at the  Olympic village, saying what  is expected  of them from  Malawi  is  solely their  best performance .

The First Gentleman donated K3 million (about $12 000) to the Malawi Olympic Committee  (MOC) which helped preparations of the Malawi team.

Banda made the donation out of his passion for athletics and sports in general

Deputy High Commissioner at the Malawi High Commission in London, John Tembo Junior thanked Banda for visiting the team at the Olympic village before the games commenced.

Tembo said Banda’s visit was a special inspirational and motivation to the Malawi team to deliver and fly the Malawi flag high.

Oscar Kanjala,  who is  the President  of  MOC,  thanked the First Gentleman  for the personal  donation  that made it possible  for Malawi to participate in the Olympic  Games.

Kanjala , paid a special tribute  to  the  First Gentleman and  Her Excellency the  President  Joyce  Banda for  their  support  in the promotion  of sports  in Malawi.

Malawi-born Campbell: Won gold

Mike Tebulo of Malawi at the opening ceremony

Team Malawi

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