Mwawi says two Australian awards ‘big honour’: Netball clinics to continue

Malawi’s only netball export to Australia, Mwayi Kumwenda, has described as a “big honour” two accolades for her outstanding performance in the 2012 Victorian Netball championships.

Mwawi, who plies her trade with Australian club Peninsula Wave, has been named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and obtained the Hot Shots Award for the 2012 season during the Netball Gala Awards in Australia on Saturday.

“It’s a big honour for me,” said the towering shooter currently in Malawi for off-season holiday.

Mwawi: Big honour

She  told Nyasa Times that she was grateful for the support given to her by coaches, the players and all the staff at Peninsula Waves.

“Without them I could not have achieved it,” she said.

“Overall I thank God Almighty for His favour in me. I look forward to achieving more,” the Malawian star said.

Kumwenda became the first Malawian netballer to be exported to Australia on iin 2010

During her first season, Kumwenda was voted Waves best player of the season and was also selected in the Victorian National League all star select team.

Peninsula Waves identified Kumwenda during the 2009 World Youth Championships in Cooks Island where she was voted the best player of the tournament.

Commenting on her netball coaching clinic in Malawi’s northern distrct of Karonga, Mwawi said she was overwhelmed with the interest of girls to to coached on the modern way of playing netball.

“I went home in Mzimba for my 23 rd birthday celebrations then proceded to Karonga to conduct coaching clinics at Lulindo Primary School,” she said.

“I run coaching clinics for youngsters in Australia and wanted to help Karonga pupils as well,” she said, adding that the clinics will be conducted to other parts of the country.

“My ambition is to target primary school learners because in Australia the game is developed from grassroots,” said the goal-attacker.

Mwawi donated balls and uniforms to the schools. She also distributed Frooty Juice and biscuits and thanked Universal Industries for their support.

Lulindo Primary School head teacher, Robson Kondowe, commended the player for the netball clinics and the donations.

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