Wheel-Ability Sports Club receives wheelchairs

03 Feb 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – The Wheel-Ability Sports Club in Windhoek has received two wheelchairs and a hand cycle from two United States-based non-profit organisations.
Wheel-Ability is a basketball club in Windhoek. All its players use wheelchairs. The club operates under the Namibia Paralympics Committee (NPC).
A media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by members of the NPC quotes secretary and founding member of Wheel-Ability Sports Club Agnes Hausiku as saying they were happy to receive the new equipment, as it will help take their club to the next level.
Gregory Milano, a representative of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Programme
(BORP) Adaptive Sports and Inclusive Cycling International, who arranged the donation, was also quoted in the statement as saying he was pleased to personally deliver the equipment from the United States of America.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to not only deliver this equipment, but also to meet the athletes who will be using it. I also hope the hand cycle will help spark interest in this exciting and inclusive sport,” he said.
NPC secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya witnessed the handing over of the equipment.
Another guest at the event was James David, who runs a wheelchair basketball team in South Africa.
“Pastor James is a friend of Wheel-Ability and we are planning to bring in his team for a training camp and coaching clinic,” team captain Roodly Gawaseb said.
With the addition of the two new wheelchairs, the club now has 14 sport wheelchairs. The hand cycle will be used in fitness training and to create more awareness of disability sports.
The team practices every Sunday from 16h00 to 18h00 at the basketball court at Independence Arena in Katutura.