Namibian Paralympic champs on Saturday

19 Nov 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibian athletes with disabilities will on Saturday compete for top honours at the annual Coca-Cola National Paralympic Championships in the capital.
The event is organised by the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) and will take place at Independence Stadium.
Some of the athletes in action at the weekend include Johannes Nambala who won a gold medal in T13 200 metre (m) and bronze in T13 400m, as well as Ananias Shikongo who won silver in the T11 200m, plus Johanna Benson who won a bronze medal in T37 200m at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, NPC Secretary-General, Michael Hamukwaya said they invited all Paralympic athletes from the regions to come and compete against each other and prove who is the best in the country.
“At these championships, we often discover new talent, and we are calling on the Namibian nation to come and cheer for these athletes at our last championships of the year.”
Hamukwaya added that the entire elite athletes with disabilities will be at the championships as this is a requirement from the NPC.
“We know most of our top athletes will be tired by now after competing in a number of competitions throughout the year, but this is our championships and it is equally important.
“This is the only platform we have to compete in front of our sponsors and fans so it is a requirement for all our athletes to attend this event if they are to be considered for national events next year.”
He said the championships are also used as their final get-together to thank their fans, sponsors and to say goodbye to the year.
The event will start at 08h00 and entrance to the stadium is free.
(NAMPA)
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