Sidmouth hockey coach guides team to bronze medal at World Series Open Tournament in Zimbabwe Africa.

PUBLISHED: 17:54 09 January 2019

Gus Mcvey, who led the Zimbabwean ladies to the bronze medal at a tournament held in Africa in December. Picture GUS MCVEY

Gus Mcvey, who led the Zimbabwean ladies to the bronze medal at a tournament held in Africa in December. Picture GUS MCVEY

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Sidmouth-based hockey coach Gus McVey guided the Zimbabwean ladies’ national hockey team to the bronze medal when they took part in a tournament involving teams from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Egypt that was held in the city of Bulawayo, the first to be held in Zimbabwe in 15 years.

The Zimbabwean ladies national team with Gus Mcvey (far left). Picture GUS MCVEYThe Zimbabwean ladies national team with Gus Mcvey (far left). Picture GUS MCVEY

The bronze medal meant that Gus and his team didn’t qualify for the world series finals to be held in Ireland in June.

However, the team has secured a place in the Africa games, which doubles as the 2020 Olympic qualifiers to be held in South Africa in August 2019.

Gus says: “I am so very proud of the team and their achievement. They bonded quickly, something that was all the more impressive given that not all the players are resident in the country.”

He continued: “All of the players played their hearts out, both for me and their country.”

When asked what the hardest part of the series was, Gus laughed, before replying: “Singing the national anthem in three languages is tough in front of a crowd! ”

Gus reserved special praise for those that helped make the whole experience possible, something he explained saying: “I cannot thank enough the local businesses in Sidmouth who helped in the pre-tournament preparations and followed the team.”

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