Junior chess players off to SA

19 Aug 2016 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 AUG (NAMPA) – Thirty-five junior chess players will depart Namibia for Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Saturday to take part in the Africa Youth Chess Championships scheduled to take place from 21 to 29 August.
At a sending-off ceremony held at the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) headquarters in Windhoek on Friday, NSC chairperson Joel Mathews congratulated the selected players and wished them luck at the championships.
“I would like to urge you to do your best at the championships so that next time, I can welcome you here with your medals. Please go out there and represent the country with pride, behave well and compete well.”
He noted that chess is a Category C sport in Namibia, which has continued to grow tremendously at international level because of a sound developmental programme.
“We are proud of what you have done so far, go out there and be our ambassadors at the African Youth Championships.”
The selected players are from the Under-8 age group, with five-year-old Ottilie Hinda making history as the youngest-ever Namibian to represent the country in any sporting code.
The 13-year-old Dante Beukes was ecstatic at representing his country, saying it is an honour to represent Namibia.
“I want to do well and come out first in the championships. I have competed outside Namibia before so I expect South Africa and Algeria to be tough competition, as I have played them before,” he said.
Taisha Uris, a 14-year-old, also noted that it will be a tough competition but expressed hope of doing well.
“It is a great opportunity for me to represent my country as I get to travel all around the world. I hope I have a chance of beating my competitors from other countries,” she said.
The players were selected in June following a tournament held in Windhoek on 25 and 26 June 2016.