NNOC rewards 2014 Commonwealth medalists

16 Oct 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) on Wednesday rewarded the country’s 2014 Commonwealth medalists with money.
Boxing sensation, Junias Jonas received N.dollars 10 000 for his silver medal, while Paralympians Johanna Benson and Lahja Ishitile each received N.dollars 5 000 for winning bronze medals in women’s T34 long jump and women’s T12 100 metres (m), respectively.
Ishitile’s guide, David Ndeilenga, also received N.dollars 2 500 for his exceptional performance.
The games took place in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 03 August 2014.
NNOC Secretary-General Joan Smit said they are very proud of the athletes’ achievements.
“Although the NNOC’s funds are limited, we thought it would only be fair to reward you for what you have done for your country,” she was quoted in a statement issued on Thursday.
Jonas was quoted in the same statement as saying that he is far from done and that there is a lot more to expect from him in the future.
“I’m looking forward to bringing back more medals from future events. I’m back in the gym training with professionals to make fights on amateur level easier for me,” he said.
Visually impaired sprinter Ishitile, 17, won the bronze medal at her very first major event.
Benson won Namibia’s only Paralympic gold medal two years ago in London.
With her prime events – the T37 100m and 200m sprints not part of the Commonwealth Games this year – she competed in long jump, jumping 3.82m.