Married to volleyball

THERE was a time when Memory Dube used to feel miserable and cry as she watched her peers getting married.

However, sport gave her comfort and today she stands tall.

Not many are ready to lift the lid on such sensitive matters but for the 36-year old UZ Wolves assistant coach talking about it proves that she has healed.

“When it comes to love I go all out in a relationship and as a result I have been hurt a couple of times,” said Dube.

“Watching my friends getting married used to make me cry a lot and I would always ask God why I was not getting married.

“But as you grow in life and be in a position where you give advice to players about relationships it doesn’t going home to cry over the same issues that you counsel people about.

“I believe it’s just the matter of time before I get married and until that happens volleyball is my husband.”

Dube is one of the of the driving forces behind a UZ Wolves men’s volleyball team that is set for a maiden appearance at the Africa Volleyball Club Championships in Egypt next month.

She could have chosen to go and coach the women’s team but Dube saw coaching men as a chance to make a difference.

“I joined UZ because I wanted to play that role of a mentor. Being the only female in such an environment gives one perspective and a unique chance to make a difference.

“I already feel like I am achieving my dream, my long time wish is to contribute to the society and this job gives me a chance to do that,” said Dube.

UZ Wolves head coach Munyaradzi Mavima hails his assistant’s contribution.

“She is more than important to the team, she came with professionalism which wasn’t there previously,’’ Mavima said.

Dube is one of six people selected by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee for their coach developer programme and she plans to make the most of that chance.

“It is such an honour to be part of this,” said Dube a sports science graduate from the National University of Science and Technology.

“I must also say I am inspired by Angela Nyaunde from the Sports and Recreation Commission, Anna Mguni and this girl from South Africa Akhona Makhalima she is a referee.”

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