By Yeukai Munetsi
Pool being a male-dominated sport has hindered female players but Patricia Chivhaure keeps proving that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to perfection and being the best of the best.
Chivhaure (25), a graduate from Midlands State University (MSU) realised her talent and passion for pool at the age of 22 through university pool club and has since managed to get several awards, prizes in a number of competitions.
Popularly known as Teesha in the world of snooker, Chivhaure attributed her passion for pool to Kudakwashe Maponga and Joe Davis whom she met at MSU pool club.
“Maponga and Davis inspired me to excel in the pool game and most of the tactics I had learnt from them haven’t betrayed me to date,” said Chivhaure.
With her slow type of play, Chivhaure has been described by many as an emerging star that has managed to overcome all patriarchal stereotypes.
She stated that the dominance of males in the game of pool is a major challenge but she however manages to overcome such encounter through friends who supports and stand with her.
“As a female player I have faced resistance and stereotyping as most of these matches are usually played in bars. Through my friends I have managed to gather courage and fight back by winning,” added Chivhaure.
She thanked MSU pool club coach Ronald Mutengwa for grooming her as well as bringing the best out of her.Chivhaure competed in several competitions like black label tournaments, Zimbabwe University Sports Association tournament 2017, Zimbabwe Tertiary institutions Sports Union 2017, and managed to scoop a number of awards and record major title wins as well as silver and gold medals over her playing period.