The Malawi National Olympic Committee (NOC) has confirmed which athletes are heading to Gloucestershire prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The team is expected to arrive in the county on Monday, June 25 for the pre-London 2012 Olympic Games Training Camp.
The University of Gloucestershire has been working in partnership with Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Sandford Parks Lido, and Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust to create a Gloucestershire Consortium that will provide facilities for the Malawi Olympic team during their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The team is as follows:
Mike Tebulo (Male – Athletics – Marathon)

Ambwene Simukonda (Female – Athletics – 400m)

Francis Munthali (Male – Athletics – Coach)

John Kayange (Male – Athletics – Marathon pacesetter)

Joyce Tafatatha (Female – Swimming – 50m Freestyle)

Charlton Nyirenda (Male – Swimming – 50m Freestyle)

Yona Walesi (Male – Swimming – Coach)

Jappie Mhango (Male – Team Official, Treasurer, Malawi NOC)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malawi NOC was signed in March 2011 and the county will now rise to the occasion to leave a lasting legacy for the community and the visiting team.

The project lead, Professor David James, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We will ensure the visiting team have the best possible experience in Gloucestershire and enter the Olympic village fully prepared for the demands of Olympic competition. The excellent facilities in Gloucestershire, along with the support of the local community, will provide a perfect environment for the final critical stages of preparation.”

The Malawi 2012 Children’s Challenge is giving schoolchildren in Gloucestershire the opportunity to meet the visiting Olympic squad. The Children’s Challenge invites pupils to create artwork about life as an athlete in Malawi to be displayed in the Malawi athletes’ lounge at the University’s Oxstalls Campus during their stay in Gloucestershire. The team will choose their favourite exhibits and visit a selection of schools to see where the art originated from, and meet the artists. Preparations for the 2012 celebrations have already begun at Woodmancote School, which is a leading school in the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ network, the official education programme of the London 2012 Games. They have also created a welcome video for the athletes (

The Children’s Challenge forms part of an Olympic-legacy project being supported by Kingfisher Church, Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust, leading independent caterer BaxterStorey and the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham Borough Council will be offering the team access to facilities such as [email protected] and the Prince of Wales athletics stadium. In addition, the Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust is providing access to tennis facilities at Oxstalls Tennis Centre and GL1 Leisure Centre.

The University has already established strong links with Malawi through Sport Malawi, an international outreach initiative using sport as a vehicle for community development. To find out more visit
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Malawi 2012 Children’s Challenge Competition entry requirements:

• Maximum one entry from each class can be submitted.
• Artwork to be photographed and submitted via email ([email protected]) or to the postal address (Malawi 2012, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester, GL2 9HW).
• All artwork to be labelled with childs(rens) name, age, class and school, along with school contact telephone number.

Source: University of Gloucestershire