Windhoek – Tanya Muzinda turned 16 in August 2020, but she has already earned quite a reputation internationally for her exploits in motorsport.
The Zimbabwean rider not only dominates on the track but is also a philanthropist whose charity work has helped many underprivileged children.
It was thus little wonder that she made the 2020 shortlist of the
Nickelodeon Kid of the Year with Time Magazine.
Reacting to the nomination, Tanya wrote on Twitter: “I am honoured to have made the shortlist of the Nickelodeon Kid of the Year with Time Magazine, even if I don’t win this award, being along these incredible kids gives me hope for a better future. Celebrating kids around the world who are inspiring in their own communities.
The Kid of the Year Award is a multi-platform initiative recognising extraordinary young leaders aged 8-16 who are making a positive impact in their communities and beyond.
Each finalist gets funds to further his/her chosen cause and has the opportunity to serve as a Kid Reporter for TIME for Kids, in addition to getting exclusive access to a Nickelodeon event.
The award is sponsored by Nickelodeon in collaboration with TIME magazine.
Tanya burst onto the scene about a decade ago when her love for motorsport brought her to national attention while just six-years-old.
"It is not often considered by girls as a sport for they and I want to inspire girls out there and show them that anything is possible if you put your mind and heart to it, and also show that motocross is fast and fun," she said in a recent interview with Zimbabwean media.
"Of course, there have been detractors and I know many girls want to get involved but fear what these people say. But I have wanted to change that for the better."
In her philanthropic work, she has helped children access education.
In 2015, Tanya was named Zimbabwean Annual National Sports Awards 2015 Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
That same year, she bagged the Zimbabwe International Sportswoman of the Year honours in the United Kingdom Annual Junior Sportswoman of the Year Awards, among many other national, reginal and global commendations.