WAD to launch dance sports this month
01 Jul 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (WINDHOEK) Womens Action for Development (WAD) will launch ballroom and Latin American dancing as national sports codes at its 22nd anniversary gala dinner later this month.
The new sports codes are registered with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) under the Federation of Dance Sports Namibia, which is the umbrella body that will regulate its affairs. It will be administered by WAD.
WADs Executive Director Veronica de Klerk said in a media statement issued on Monday, ballroom and Latin American dancing will be introduced as new Olympic sports codes in Namibia, particularly in schools countrywide, to help keep the youth off the streets and keep them positively engaged.
She said this will be done in collaboration with the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) and the Namibia Schools' Sports Union (NSSU).
WAD empowers rural men and women. Besides its development programmes, which include the rolling out of 65 workshops countrywide where women are trained to run for political office, communities and community leaders are being trained on gender-related laws.
WAD has played a prominent role in empowering rural women and men as well as the youth to enable them to care for their families or to master skills which could assist them to qualify for employment in the labour market or to start their own income-generating ventures, De Klerk said.
The gala dinner will be held on 18 July 2014, and will be hosted by former Miss Namibia, Michelle McLean-Bailey and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) Executive Director, Professor Joseph Diescho.