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Mary Waya to work with physical education teachers

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TO SPEARHEAD SPORTS DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOLS—Waya

Netball legend Mary Waya has said she will be working with physical education (PE) teachers in schools in a bid to instil a sporting culture among young learners across the country.

Waya is the Deputy Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports and is responsible for coordinating school sports.

The ministry also appointed football legend Kinnah Phiri to a similar position but the former Malawi National Football Team superstar and coach has been given the task of coordinating community sports.

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Waya said she believes that through the PE teachers, the country can identify a lot of talent in various sports disciplines.

“These teachers know their learners very well. They know exactly what they are capable of doing. All we need to do is to empower them with the technical know-how. They should be the ones to encourage their learners to play different games so that we generate a wealth of talent.

“It is sad that some sectors of our society mistake sporting activities for playfulness and wasting of precious time. But I want to assure them that we have several Malawians who have made great careers from sports and are millionaires. So let us not discourage our young learners from taking part in sports,” she said.

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Youth and Sports Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda said Waya and Kinnah will not be restricted to football and netball.

“We want every sports discipline to develop. We are not there for football and netball only. So Kinnah and Mary will be working with all sports disciplines. They may be football and netball personalities but we have assigned them roles that will cut across all sports disciplines,” Chimwendo Banda said.

He said the ministry is on a programme aimed at ensuring that all sports legends are given a chance to contribute towards sports development in the country.

“We have opened our doors for all our legends to come forward and have a say on what can be done to take our sport to greater heights,” the minister said.

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