NSSU readies for national champs

08 Apr 2016 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) – The Namibia School Sport Union (NSSU) will this month host its national championships at Swakopmund.
A total of 820 athletes are expected to compete amongst each other at the event.
The NSSU provides opportunities for learners to become involved in sports and physical recreational activities at primary and secondary school level in order for them to realise their full potential.
The National Championships will see all 14 regions in Namibia compete against each other from 22 to 23 April 2016 at the Swakopmund Sports Stadium.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, NSSU National Coordinator, Solly Duiker said the union is this year celebrating 25 years of existence and for the first time they are moving the national championships from Windhoek to the town of Swakopmund.
“This year we had a 307 per cent increase to the number of athletes that participated in the regional competitions and we are happy that more learners are beginning to take school sports very serious.
“We are expecting to see 200 athletes coming from each of the 14 regions in Swakopmund for the national champs and the winners plus runner up at this event will represent the country in May, when we host the Cossasa athletics in Swakopmund,” he said.
He added that the NSSU was proud to see more than 1 000 athletes participating in regional championships and this shows that more attention is being paid to athletes at grassroots level.
“I was really happy to see that 1 800 athletes from 40 schools in Windhoek participated in the Khomas Regional Championships. Most of these schools were from Katutura and that shows you that they are beginning to recognise the importance of sports at regional level.
“With other regions, we recorded a good number of athletes at their events like Omaheke with 1 200 athletes, Otjozondjupa with 1 400 Hardap with 1 200 and Erongo had a turn up of 800 athletes. We are expecting to see good competition when we get to Swakopmund,” he noted.
Only 120 athletes will be selected to represent Namibia at the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletic games that will be hosted from 10 to 15 May in Swakopmund.