Horn aims for place in IAAF event

07 May 2016 13:50pm
GOBABIS, 07 MAY (NAMPA) - Javelin thrower Nico Horn is working hard to qualify for the upcoming 10th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Athletics Championships slated for Nairobi, Kenya from 12 to 16 June.
Horn, 17, is part of the Namibian team for the Confederation of Schools Sport Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Ball Games set for Swakopmund from 12 to 15 May 2016, and hopes to qualify there.
He told Nampa on Friday that he is confident of reaching qualification.
“I want to keep improving and perform better during this [Cossasa] competition, and my aim is to beat my personal best, so that I can advance it a bit,” he said.
His personal best is 37.89 metres (m) and he plans on reaching 40m during the Cossasa games in the 700-gram javelin category.
Horn, a Grade 11 learner at Windhoek Gymnasium, currently forms part of that school's athletics club, which he joined in 2013.
He represented Namibia at various global youth events such as the recent IAAF World Under-18 Athletics Championships held in Colombia in July and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year.
He finished 29th overall at the IAAF event and fourth at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
“I believe that there is always room for improvement and if I keep working hard I will qualify for the [IAAF] games.”
Horn noted that education remains of crucial importance, and participation in sport has taught him invaluable qualities such as commitment and perseverance, which reflects in his academic and personal growth.
“Sport is a good foundation of growth, because we all want to be ambassadors of our country and our communities. So I believe that everything is possible. If I keep perfecting my technique there is always going to be light at the end of the tunnel.”
Meanwhile, National Chairperson of the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) Louis Cloete noted that part of their Cossasa objectives is to prepare athletes such as Horn for forthcoming global championships.
“We want some of these athletes to be part of those games in Kenya, as well as the Region Five Championships in Angola this year as well,” said Cloete.
Namibia’s team of more than 80 athletes for the Cossasa Ball Games, including Horn, are currently in camp at Mile Four in Swakopmund.