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The National Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association of Zambia will be visiting Durham University for a pre-Commonwealth Games holding camp in advance of Birmingham 2022's Commonwealth Games. The team will be staying for 9 nights in one of our prestigious colleges, and The Sport and Wellbeing Park will host their training with state of the art facilities in advance of the games.

The National Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association of Zambia (NOC/CGA Zambia) through the Games Management Team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have announced the Athletes and Officials who will make up Team Zambia at the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, England. Making the announcement during the Meet Team Zambia Fundraising Dinner held in Lusaka, Team Zambia Chef De Mission Victor Banda named a strong team of 41 athletes from nine sports codes, namely Athletes, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Para-powerlifting, Squash, and Swimming.
The full team is as follows:
  • Rhoda Njobvu -100m and 200m Sprints
  • Niddy Mingilishi - 400m
  • Muzala Samukonga - 400m / 4x400m Relay
  • Kennedy Luchembe - 400m / 4x400m
  • Patrick Nyambe - 400m / 4x400m Relay
  • David Mulenga - 4x400m Relay
  • Ogar Siamupangila
  • Elizabeth Chipeleme
  • Chongo Mulenga
  • Kalombo Mulenga
  • Stephen Zimba - Welterweight
  • Patrick Chinyemba- Flyweight
  • Margret Tembo - Minimumweight
  • Felistus Nkandu- Lightweight
  • Davies Kawemba
  • Oberd Chembe
Both will compete in the road races and mountain bike
  • Stephen Mung’andu -66 kg
  • Rita Kabinda -57 kg
  • Simon Zulu -60 kg
  • Taonga Soko -63 kg
  • Matthew Mwango -73 kg
  • Richard Lubanza - Men’s lightweight
Rugby 7's Men's Team
  • Israel Kalumba (C)
  • Edmond Hamayuwa
  • Laston Mukosa
  • Davy Chimbukulu
  • Lawrence Kaushiku
  • Elisha Bwalya
  • Mike Masabo
  • Brian Mbalwe
  • Rodgers Mukupa
  • Alex Mwewa
  • Chisanga Nkoma
  • Michello Sheleni
  • Melvin Banda
  • Zulema Chisenga - Singles and mixed doubles
  • Kundanji Kalengo - Singles and mixed doubles
  • Kumaren Naidu - Men's 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly,1 00m Breaststroke, Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, and Mixed 4 x 100m medley relay
  • Zach Moyo - Men's 50m breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke
  • Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay
  • Jade Phiri - Women's 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, and Mixed 4 x 100m medley relay
  • Tilka Paljk- Women's 50m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay
The above-named Athletes will be supported by the following Coaches and Technical officials:
  • Athletics - Douglas Kalembo and Maureen kolomwe
  • Badminton - Juma muwowo
  • Boxing - Wisdom Mudenda and Kennedy Kanyanta
  • Cycling - Ryan Ellis
  • Judo - Francis Moola Lipimile and Matthews Punza
  • Para-powerlifting - Amon Moyo
  • Swimming - Ian Stephenson
  • Rugby - Andrew Kaminsa, Evans Kabaso, Noble Sinkamba, and Mark Drowne
  • Squash - Kelvin Ndlovu
Badminton Star set to retire.


Games Management Team:
  • Victor banda – Chef de Mission
  • Doris Mulenga – General Team Manager
  • Felix Munyika – Games Admin
  • Dr. Shula Chanda – Team Doctor
  • Dr. Titus Fernando – Medical Personnel
  • Isabel Chisha – Physiotherapist
  • Prudence Nswana – Safeguarding Officer
The athletes and officials will depart Durham for the international pre-games camp at the University of Durham on the 16th of July and will only be back home on the 11th of August 2022 after the close of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Student Enrichment Directorate are excited to host the Zambian Team's training over the 8 days for their athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, judo, rugby, squash and swimming team. 
Please join us to welcome the team on their arrival at 10:15am on Sunday the 17th of July at The Sport and Welcome Park; all welcome. 
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Sport in Action Zambia Partnered with Durham University

Through sport and physical activity Sport in Action focus on educating young people in topical areas of health and life skills. Children receive guidance and support in the areas of HIV/AIDS, child and alcohol abuse. Over 15 years Durham University’s students have helped fund the development of multipurpose playing facilities across areas of high depravation and provided annual funding for sports equipment to enable SIA to deliver their programmes.

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Sport in Action and Durham University have developed a partnership over the years and each summer approximately 40 UK students travel to Zambia to work with Sport in Action from June to September. The partnership between Sport In Action and Durham University dates as far back as 2004 when Sport In Action President, Mr. Clement Chileshe visited UK and met Dr. Peter Warburton OBE. Later that year Sport In Action hosted the first ever national conference on physical education in Lusaka, Zambia. Later that year a select group of Durham University staff and students visited Lusaka as part of a pilot project. The team worked alongside Sport in Action, teaming up with the Zambian Peer Leaders and Site Coordinators to support the delivery of their program. The pilot was a huge success and in 2006 UK Sport and 5 other UK Universities got involved in the project and it became known as the IDEALS (International Development through Excellence And Leadership in Sport) Project, with 40 UK students travelling to Zambia to work with both Sport in Action and EduSport from June to September.


The benefits of having the students involved in the project are multiple; firstly, the students pass on their coaching experience and knowledge to both the participants and the Peer Leaders. This is usually a two way process with both UK students and Peer leaders sharing their knowledge and experience with one another, allowing both parties to develop their coaching skills. The opportunity to work alongside the UK students to develop friendships and experience the cultural exchange makes the position of Peer leader increasingly popular. Furthermore the enthusiasm the Zambians have for working with UK students is incredible, during the summer months the attendance at the sessions increases, as local children enjoy having the opportunity to be coached by a ‘musungu’ and young people who previously may not have been involved with sport are encouraged to try it.


Over the years that the partnership has been developing, there have been so many vital lessons learned. These have been mainly areas around, cultural differences, training and recruitment. There are many cultural differences between the UK and Zambia. These are easily avoided by learning more about the Zambian culture and fully preparing UK students. There is now a 3 day, mandatory induction training programme held in the UK, which includes staff from our partner organisations in Zambia, to fully prepare the students for the project. Also the selection criteria of the UK students has seen a change, it is becoming increasingly important to select students who are experienced coaches and this is mainly due to the skill and ability increase of the Zambian coaches and players. UK students have to be extremely competent coaches just in order for them to be able to keep up with the Zambians once on placement.


The partnership with Durham University has had a great impact on sport development and development through sport and enhanced support from government ministries, the corporate world. Several Hiv and Aids, Childs Rights and Faith based organisations country wide including UN are now using sport as a tool for development. There are more sports organisations and federations getting involved in sport development and development through sport due to Durham’s support. Demand for sport and development programmes and facilities in schools and communities has increased due to the support. Individuals and organisations from both urban and rural areas are winning awards at the SIA annual National Sports for Development Awards.


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