Zim’s own version of Durban July was a thriller

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Jonathan Mbririyamveka

 

Zimbabwe’s own version of the popular Durban July held over the weekend was nothing short of a thriller.

 

While Carrick Ambassadors Cup 2018 was held on a wintry afternoon in Ruwa, a few kilometres outside the capital Harare, it generated a lot of heat on and off the field of play.

 

The Ambassadors Cup has been synonymous with ‘high fashion’ since its inception in 2016 and the 2018 event lived up to its billing as people from all walks of life came and showed off their dress sense.

 

Although there were not revealing clothes like the Durban July where Zodwa WaBantu turned heads again this year with her JLO inspired dress, the Carrick Ambassadors Cup held at the Bushman Polo Club was indeed a must-attend event.

 

With the theme: “Pretty Posh --- Oh My Gosh” guests, including the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing, were able to really push the boundaries of fashion.

 

A red carpet entry was filmed for online viewers while the VVIPS and the majority of attendees were treated to quality entertainment, food and wine.

 

One of the highlights at the event was the best dressed award which saw people getting generous prizes from organisers.

 

And for the first time, organisers made the event an all-inclusive for the once elitist sport, polo, which Bushman Safaris managing director Jonathan Passaportis, described as one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

 

But why risk life and limb?

 

“Once referred to as the ‘gentleman’s sport, the game has undergone many changes and is no longer the confined to the elite fields of male aristocracy.

 

“It now comprises people from all walks-of life with females making up more than 25 percent of the players globally, and is the only co-ed sport played at a professional level,” Passaportis said.

 

Zimbabwean-born Craig Featherby, chief executive officer of Carrick Wealth, the sponsors of the event, said the nature of the game aligned with Carrick’s vision.

 

“Polo is said to be one of the world’s oldest team sports,” he said adding, “And at Carrick we are great believers in teamwork. Our wealth managers and clients from part of a team that create winning collaborations to tackle the world of personal financial and wealth management.”

 

With high end brands that came to associate their products with the glitz and glamour that surrounds polo, it goes without saying that two words that tend to go together are Polo and Fashion.

 

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