Meet Tanya Muzinda: Zimbabwe’s 11-year-old motocross rider
Tanya Muzinda is the 11-year-old child of the Muzinda family and the oldest daughter. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tanya describes herself as an ordinary girl from an ordinary family and parents who face the same challenges as everyone else. But the young Zimbabwean is all but ordinary! Tanya’s passion is motocross and she has been practicing the sport for 6 years now. If you did the math, Yes!, you are right, since the age of 5! You might consider purchasing the popular Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket for the smaller enthusiasts.
In spite the young of her age, Tanya has been crowned twice Female Motocross Champion in her country and in January 2016 she was awarded the Junior Sportsperson and Sports Woman of the Year by Zimbabwe’s annual national sports awards.
The rising motocross star is trained and managed by a legend of the sport Stefy Bau. Stefy traveled in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2013 and met the aspiring rider. Tanya dreams of becoming the first African female rider to become World Champion and be branded internationally.
In her dream, Tanya is supported mainly by her loving and supporting parents. Her father had to sell his own bike to buy his young one a proper motocross bike. Her mother, who is also a keen off-road rider of quad bikes, often accompanies Tanya in training and competitions to support both on the ups and downs of her daughter’s sport life.
The young athlete from Zimbabwe has been recently featured in an AJ+ video in which she talks of her motivations. Young Tanya is an inspiring 11-year-old who just “wants to tell all the girls around the world they must do the sport they want even if it’s a male-dominated sport”.
Her perseverance in achieving her goals is remarkable and I am sure that soon we will be seeing this young rising and shining on the World’s Motocross scene. This summer, Tanya will be opening her wings – or rather her wheels – to European competitions.
Enjoy her in the video below!