Swazi athletes visit Ireland

Muzi Mabuza along with Tshidi Mdluli and Mcebo Dludlu, athletes from the Manzini athletic club in Swaziland spent  8 days with Fr Martin McCormack visiting sports and tourist spots in Munster.

Fr Martin and Muzi Mabuza set up the club in 2008 primarily to support, coach and educate poor and orphaned Swazi young people. Presently there are 26 in the club. Two club members were at the London Olympics in 2012.

Muzi, a qualified sports coach, presently teaches at Salesian high school in Manzini, Swaziland. Tshidi just qualified as a sports teacher and physio in Cuba, where she has studied for the past 6 years. Both coaches will be preparing athletes for next Olympics in Rio. Mcebo is partially sighted and has run the fastest time in his category this year in 100 and 200 metres. He is the Africa Zone 6 champion.

During their visit to Ireland they spent time with the Irish physio and Salesian past pupil of Pallaskenry, Gerard Hartmann. He hosted them in his home and took them to the high performance centre in University of Limerick.

They enyoyed an Irish evening in the Ballydesmond GAA club at which they were presented with sports bags and tracksuits. The GAA club also sponsored tracksuits for Swazi athletes in 2012.

Robbie Kenneally , past pupil of Salesian college Pallaskenry presented them with training tops and a silver cup in memory of murdered club athlete Samkelisiwe Phiri. The club will be hosting an international event in Swaziland on 21st September in her memory.

Muzi, Tshidi and Mcebo with Fr Martin also visited Salesian community in Pallaskenry.