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Mwai Kumwenda (Note 1) (born 27 September 1989) is a Malawi netball international. She represented Malawi at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and at the 2011 and 2015 Netball World Cups. Kumwenda was the top goal scorer at three successive major tournaments – the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Netball World Cup and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. At the 2015 Netball World Cup she was also named Player of the Tournament. Kumwenda captained Malawi and was again tournament top scorer when they finished third at the 2016 Fast5 Netball World Series. At club level Kumwenda has played for Peninsula Waves in the Victorian Netball League, Victorian Fury in the Australian Netball League, Mainland Tactix in the ANZ Championship and for Melbourne Vixens in Suncorp Super Netball.

Kumwenda is the daughter of Kennedy and Costa Kumwenda. She was raised in Mtwalo, a village in the Mzimba District. She is the youngest of eight siblings. She has three brothers and three sisters. (Note 2) A fourth sister passed away and her father, Kennedy, died when she was young. She began playing netball in primary school. Kumwenda later described her early experiences playing the game.

"For balls, we used plastic bags and put them under the fire to melt, then moulded them with our hands and tied them with string. For the goal posts, we cut down trees, like the ones outside. The goal rings were made from old tyres, like the ones on cars".

She continued playing netball in secondary school and came to the attention of Griffin Sayenda, the Malawi national netball team coach. When Kumwenda was just fifteen, and with the encouragement of Sayenda, she moved to Blantyre to pursue a netball career.[1][5][6][7][8]

In Malawi, Kumwenda played for Escom Sisters.[9] They were later renamed Kukoma Diamonds.[10] While playing in Australia and New Zealand, Kumwenda has also played for the Sisters and/or Diamonds on return visits to Malawi.[4][11][12][13][14]

Between 2011 and 2013 Kumwenda played for Peninsula Waves in the Victorian Netball League.[15] While playing for Malawi at the 2009 Netball World Youth Cup, Kumwenda came to the attention of Waves coach, Maxine Wauchope. She was subsequently invited to play for Waves but, due to visa complications, she did not arrive at the club until 2011.[1][5][6][7][8][12] In 2012 she shared the league's MVP award, the Margaret Caldow Trophy, with Helen Barclay and Caitlyn Strachan.[16] She helped Waves reach the 2013 VNL grand final.[17] Kumwenda returned to play for Waves during the 2017 season.[15][18]

In 2013, together with Elle Bennetts, Kate Moloney and Fiona Themann, Kumwenda was a member of the Victorian Fury team that won the Australian Netball League title. She was the top goalscorer for Fury, finishing the season with a record 461 goals. In the grand final against NSW Waratahs she scored 38 goals with a 97% strike rate. She was subsequently named both the Fury and ANL MVP for 2013.[7][17][19][20][21][22]

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