Team Namibia positive of winning medals

04 Dec 2014 18:00pm
BULAWAYO, 04 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian team is in positive spirits ahead of the start of the Zone Six Youth Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Friday.
The team of 125 athletes arrived here on Tuesday afternoon for the 2014 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA)-run Under-20 games set for 04 to 14 December.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Namibian tennis coach Charlton Diergaardt said his players have been training well, and they are here to compete and take home some silverware.
“One of my players is arriving tomorrow (Friday) from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) games which were played in Burundi. The other players did not have much training for three weeks due to exams, but training here is going well,” he said.
Diergaardt is confident that his players are 100 per cent prepared to play in Saturday’s Round of 32 knock-out stage.
Dentie Louw, the swimming coach, said he only has four out of 10 swimmers with him in Bulawayo, and expects the rest to join them before 09 December.
“We are here to compete for medals. At the moment, most swimmers are in South Africa competing at the Northern Tigers Swimming (NTS) championships in Pretoria and the world championships in Dubai. But we are communicating with each other on a daily basis. Our focus right now is to reach the finals and then see how we will win medals” he stated.
The swimming competition will only start on 10 December.
Athletics’ coach Satrick Bampton told this agency that his athletes have adapted to the climate and will be ready when the competition starts on Friday.
“We spend the whole of yesterday (Wednesday) training in a swimming pool, doing water drills and speed training, so at the moment we just need to go to the track and then we won’t have a problem competing for medals,” he said.
The track and field programme will start with elimination heats on Friday morning.
Namibia is also represented in men’ and women’s football, netball and boxing.
Namibia ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia in 2012.