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THE talismanic Harare City Volleyball player Progress Gasa started playing volleyball as a catalyst to travel around Masvingo Province where she was born.

Gasa received rave views at last year’s Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) African Club Championships held in Cairo, Egypt. She was the top scorer in the match against Botswana Defence Forces amassing a massive 12 points and featured on the CAVB website on the 7th of March.

Despite all these achievements, Gasa was not really interested in becoming a volleyball player but chose to play because then it was the only sport at the school that presented a chance to travel around.

“I started playing volleyball when I was doing Form 2 at Lundi High School because by that time only volleyball enabled me to travel around. I was so much interested in travelling around and when I realised that I could travel through the sport, I started training harder,” she said.

What started as a means led to the 23 year old securing a place at the University of Zimbabwe to read for a degree in Political Science while playing college volleyball for the country’s oldest institution of higher learning.

“I progressed to play for the Masvingo Provincial team that is when and how I got a place to study at the University of Zimbabwe. For four years I was playing college volleyball for the UZ team.

“I then moved to Harare City Volleyball last year. The club brought professionalism to the sport because one can play and earn something unlike playing for fun. I no longer need to ask for money from my parents to do certain things,” she added.

She said the team punched above its weight last season but is hoping to do even better this campaign.

“Last season was our maiden campaign. We only lost the Zimbabwe Open tournament because we had not gelled as a team as most players were coming from different clubs, but we did well winning a silver medal. We also played the club championships in Egypt where we also did well.

“We are preparing very well so that we do well this year. We have often faced stiff competition from the University of Zimbabwe team but with the preparations we have done so far this season, it will be a different ball game altogether this coming season,” she said confidently.

The team is preparing for the Zone VI games to be played in Durban later this year. Gasa is happy that she is playing volleyball whilst travelling around the continent which has always been her hobby.

She said in the early stages of her career her mother was not happy as she believed it would disturb her studies but now she has no problem seeing her pursuing her dreams.

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