Malawians can afford a smile. One of their representatives at the ongoing London Olympic Games, swimmer Joyce Tafatatha, has won the fourth heat, Aquatic Union of Malawi National Coach Yona Walesi has confirmed.
Breaking the news, Walesi who is with the Malawi teamin London, could not hide his joy saying Tafatatha has Friday made Malawi proud by winning in the category of the women’s 50 meters swimming freestyle and has since qualified for semi-finals.
Tafatatha, 14, is a scholar at St Andrews International High school in Blantyre, where Walesi is a swimming trainer.
The Malawi team at the London Olympic games include Mike Tebulo, Ambwene Simukonda, John Kayange, Charlton Nyirenda and Tafatatha.
In camp the Malawi team had a big boost from the country’s First Gentleman Retired Chief Justice Richard Banda who donated K 3 million towards their preparations.
Banda, a former track and field athlete who during his days also represented Malawi, and later became the President of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Associationin the country, also visited the Malawi team at the Olympic village before the games commenced, wishing them best results.
In a related development, a 20-year-old Malawi born Cate Campbell won a gold medal in the women’s swimming 4x100m freestyle relay team on Saturday.
Campbell was born and stayed in Blantyre, Malawi with her parents for nine years.
Meanwhile, Nyasa Times online publication reports that the Malawi High Commission is organizing a reception in honor of the Malawian Olympians Friday night where the country's Minister of Sports, Enock Chihana, is expected to address the Malawians at event.
Deputy High Commissioner John Tembo Jr will also address the gathering at the function.
It is also reported that fashion designer Lilly Alfonso currently in the UK for the Africa Women Fashion Week show will also attend the reception.
The Malawi Aquatic Association national Coach hopes that Tafatatha will continue performing well.