It’s a long way from Malawi to an icy Scottish winter, but Towera Vinkhumbo couldn’t be happier. In January her new home is some 25 degrees Celsius colder than the Warm Heart of Africa – affectionately nicknamed for the warmth of it’s people rather than it’s climate – but she isn’t fazed. She’s snuggled up by a heater on cold days, relishing staying indoors even to play netball.
She said, “The facilities are very different here. We play inside, and can play or go to the gym at night. People can wake up, go to school, and then do sports afterwards. In Malawi the only time we train is in the morning.”
As a young student, that narrow window for activity caused friction between Towera and her parents. She explained, “My parents were against my decision to play sport. The facilities are limited. There are no indoor venues or lighting. If it rains, or darkness falls, sport stops. So training and games happen during the day, when you are supposed to be at school.