First Choice Tigresses player Beatrice Mpinganjira has said she will use her position as Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) board member to lobby for policies aimed at promoting the welfare of athletes.
“When we talk about sports we talk about athletes. Therefore it is important to have policies that protect and promote their welfare. So being in the board will help me influence such policies to be implemented to benefit both amateur and elite athletes,” she said.
Mpinganjira said being appointed into Sports Council board was an indication that some quarters appreciate her contributions in the sporting industry.
“I am humbled to have been appointed a board member for Sports Council. I know we have a lot of people in the country that deserve the post,” said the Malawi national netball team centre-cum-wing attacker.
Mpinganjira, who works as a fitness instructor at Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Wellness Centre, said she will continue playing both netball and basketball despite being a board member.
“It is a position which I have to use to help in the development of sports in the country. It has nothing to do with my career so I will still be an active athlete,” she said.
President Lazarus Chakwera appointed new board of directors for 67 parastatals including Sports Council last week. Former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) official Sunduzwayo Madise was appointed Sports Council board chairperson whereas former Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) president Rosy Chinunda was named vice chairperson.
Other members of the board include Lreobecka Ndovi, Rosina Kazembe, Peter Kandikole, Brigadier Kafuwa and Charles Ulaya Banda.