13 Aug 2013 11:20
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) The winners of the 2013 Old Mutual Victory Race Series received their cash prizes here on Tuesday.
The overall winners in the women's and mens categories - Lavinia Haitope and Reonard Namupala each received N.dollars 15 000.
Anna Amutoko (womens category) and Frans Hosea (mens category) received N.dollars 10 000 each as runners-up, while Sarty Esthitile (women) and Mynardt Kauanivi (men) received N.dollars 5 000 each for their overall third places.
In the junior category, Shinowene Shilongo (girls category) and Kornelius Nghilyeendele (boys category) walked away with Sports Development Bursaries valid at N.dollars 12 000 each.
At the prize-handing over ceremony, Chief Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Hendrick Mapele commended the insurance company for honouring its social responsibility since it introduced the race 13 years ago.
Government has limited resources and cannot alone develop sport in Namibia. Old Mutual is investing its resources in sport to uplift the plight of sportsmen and women in the country, he stressed.
At the same occasion, Old Mutual Group Chief Executive Officer, Gim Victor noted that 4 154 athletes participated in the four legs of series this year.
For those who have conquered this year, we salute you, and to those who have much still to conquer, we wish you victory. In our book, victory means that together, we can do great things, he stressed.
Over the past 13 years, Old Mutual committed over N.dollars 3.5 million towards this annual race.
Old Mutual this year increased the monetary prizes available to winners by up to 25 per cent in some categories, ranging from N.dollars 1 400 for first place to N.dollars 250 for fifth place per each of the four legs.
The overall winners, Haitope and Namupala also get free entry and participation to the Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa scheduled to take place on the Saturday over the Easter weekend next year.
Meanwhile, Namupala told Nampa that in addition to buying good quality running shoes, she will investment some of her winnings.