6 December 2018
WHEN Progress Moyo joined Platinum Queens, many doubted her credentials.
In her first season with the Zvishavane based outfit, she helped the team finish on position 10 despite all the sponsorship at their disposal.
After she settled her nerves, she propelled them to position three in the just ended netball league season.
And for her exploits, the Goal-Attack was also rewarded for her industry and amazing talent.
As if being player of the match nine times during the season was not enough, she was also recognised with the players’ player of the year award.
She is the player with the highest RANL accolades for the season which include the most consistency player and the overall player of the season award for Platinum Queens.
Precisely, this sums up the 24-year-old’s success script.
“I’m very happy about it. I’m over the moon. I’m grateful to all those who watched my back and encouraged me to keep going.
“My teammates, coaches, the technical team, my mom and my mama,” she told H-Metro
The unstoppable Moyo also set some other milestones throughout the season.
She, however, vows to keep on working hard.
“There is nothing that pays more than hard work. It helps to maintain consistency. In sport, we play as we train. That’s the secret to it all,” Moyo says.
Asked on how she manages to keep fit, Moyo says:
“We have a gym facility at our club and our fitness trainers, they always give us the best training to keep us fit.”
Despite the harsh weather conditions the country has been facing of late, Moyo believes it worked to their advantage.
“This year was very hot and given the fact that our court is at an open space it was hard to train in the sun but at the end it worked out as an advantage to us.”
On where she draws her motivation, Moyo speaks of one of the world’s best shooter, Maria Folau from New Zealand.
“I feel inspired by Maria Folau, she is a sharp shooter and a very good player.”
She added: “I also feel inspired by my teammates, they are young but they work so passionately and it pushes me to do more as their elder sister.”
Commenting on the progress of her team, she says: “It was a great season for me and my team. We improved so much and it gave us positive energy that we can do so much next season.”
She, however, believes their return matches against Glow and ZDF Queens which both ended on a draw were her toughest games of 2018.
If her hard work and achievements are anything to go by, Moyo is one player who deserves a spot in the national. However some feel she is being snubbed.
Commenting on that Moyo says: “I do not see it as snubbing. There is time and place for all things. What is key is working hard always and in God’s good time it will happen.
The star shooter’s says aspiring young athletes should consider passion first.
“My advice is that, if you have passion then you are good to go, hard work helps to achieve all you want.
“Practice makes perfect and permanent too. Once you start to find pleasure in the pain, then you have started working,” she says.