Meet Primrose Mhunduru, Zimbabwe’s Young Ambassador for Singapore 2010
My name is Primrose Mhunduru. I am 24 years of age, turning 25 on 11 June. I am the Young Ambassador for Zimbabwe. I am currently employed by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee as the Development Officer, and am in charge of all the programmes related to coaches, medical and athletes. I service four Commissions, which are: Athletes Commission, Development Commission, Medical Commission and Technical Commission. I am also in charge of all the Olympic Games.
I have been involved in sport as an administrator, never as a professional athlete. I really appreciate sport and I’m a great fan. I hold a Sports Science and Coaching Honours Degree from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. During my attachment I got an opportunity to work for the Sports and Recreation Commission from 2006 to 2008. The Youth Olympic Games are going to be my first Olympic Games I have attended. I have been in the national organising committee for the Zimbabwe National Youth Games since 2006.
After my university studies, I was employed by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee in 2008 to date. I have been involved with the Youth Education through Sport Programme, which uses sport as a platform to address socio-cultural issues to young people. This programme aims at promoting our culture among young people, and I have been involved since 2007.
Being Young Ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games is one of the greatest opportunities that I have ever had. This is exciting and it is a very good challenge especially for my CV. The Culture and Education Programme (CEP) Seminar, which was held in Singapore in March, was really informative and lots of fun. I learnt a lot as to what the expectations are and how to promote the CEP activities to athletes in my country. I got to appreciate the CEP that will be offered at the Games.
The best thing that Singapore has done is to make the Games for young people by young people. It is a very good thing because most of us have been empowered to work with young people. It is easier for young people to understand each other. As such, it has bridged the gap between the young athletes and old officials. There is a very small age gap between the Young Ambassadors and the athletes, and it therefore makes the programme more exciting and the athletes understand more. Athletes in my delegation are really looking forward to the CEP during the Games. I have had been involved in activities with athletes in athletics and football, and they can’t wait to come and take part in the CEP. It’s really exciting to be a Young Ambassador, and I’m learning a lot from it!