10 Aug 2015 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) - National power utility NamPower, who are the main sponsors of Disability Sports Namibia (DSN), on Monday congratulated the Special Olympics Namibia team that participated in the recent Summer Games.
Namibia was represented by a team of 12 Special Olympians at the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in the United States of America (USA) from 25 July to 02 August 2015.
The team consisted of 10 basketball players, a sprinter and a marathon runner.
Ruben Gowaseb competed in the half marathon event and was in second place overall and first in his class with a time of one hour 29 minutes, winning him a gold medal.
Bernice Stewe participated in the 100m, and ended seventh overall.
The male basketball team was represented by Mantius Amukoshi, Absent Eixab, Hofeni Fillemon, Tjizembua Kamberipa, Pepua Kambueza, Otja Muraranganda, Michael Shikemeni, Savin Tauxab, Nathan Wambo, Eduan Xougub.
They ended fourth in their group after losing to Germany in their opening game, and also lost to Austria and Cyprus. They won one game against Kazakhstan.
Speaking at a media ceremony organised by NamPower to welcome back the athletes, the companys acting managing director Hanri Jacobs said they are honoured and happy that a team represented Namibia and brought back silverware.
We are again celebrating a sports achievement following our participation in the Special Olympics World Summer Games. We are greatly pleased with the performance of all our athletes who were in Los Angeles; they made Namibia proud, she stated.
Jacobs said Gowaseb is a hero in their books, and no amount of words can describe their elation and excitement.
Ruben has certainly made it into the annals of Namibian sports folklore with his achievements. He has carved a special place for himself and for athletes with disabilities.
His victory also underlines that disability does not mean inability, she said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero said the government is currently working on a prize for Gowaseb.