02 Feb 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - The Frank Fredericks Foundation (FFF) awarded a golf and education scholarship worth N.dollars 20 000 to amateur golfer Gabriel Shikodi here on Tuesday.
It Is the second consecutive year Shikodi receive a FFF scholarship.
Speaking during a media briefing in the capital, FFF Trustee Dr Anibal Rego said the foundation is glad to support Shikodi for the second year with academic and sports scholarship.
Gabriel is a hard worker, not only on the golf course but academically too, said Rego, adding that the FFF will continue to support Shikodi depending on his academic and sports performances.
The scholarship covers the athletes academic and sport expenses.
The 20-year-old first-year engineering student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) represented Namibia at the Zone Six Games in Kampala, Uganda in 2015 but could not secure a win. He won the Gobabis and Windhoek Golf Open championships, and finished second at the Tsumeb Open the same year.
Shikodi is ranked second by the Namibian Golf Union and he has been selected to play at the South African Amateur Open slated from 28 February to 04 March this year in the Eastern Cape.
On his part, the young golfer Shikodi expressed appreciation to the FFF for their support towards his sports and academic career.
Now that I have received this sponsorship, I will focus on what matter most - my class work and golf, said Shikodi.
The FFF was launched in April 1999 in Windhoek by then Prime Minister and current President of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob, who is also the foundation's patron.
It was founded by former Olympic track and field champion Frank Fredericks. The FFF is a non-profit organisation that gives scholarships to young promising athletes in Namibia.
Over 130 student athletes benefited from the foundation since its inception. The foundation also donated sports equipment to various schools and institutions in the past, while running HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns through sports activities. About 140 student athletes in the Khomas Region have benefited from the HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.
The foundation calls on more student athletes to apply for scholarships as the application has been extended to 12 February 2016.