Special Olympics Malawi (SOM) athlete Mphatso Chiphwanya and her playing partner Bridget Kaunda have won silver medals in unified doubles at the just-ended Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational Games in Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic.
Chiphwanya scooped another silver medal in singles category at the event that attracted 220 athletes, 100 coaches, 500 families, 50 judges and officials from 30 countries in the world.
The victory has taken Chiphwanya’s medal tally to five; two gold, two silver and a bronze.
During the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, USA, she won gold medals in unified doubles and as the only African tennis athlete plus a singles’ bronze.
“It feels great to continue winning medals in international games,” she said.
SOM national director Enid Mauluka said she was proud of the athletes’ achievements.
“This success story is worth celebrating because it has put Malawi on the international map,” she said.
Special Olympics organised the World Tennis Invitational Tournament, whose theme was ‘Stand Up for Inclusion,’ as part of the body’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. n