12 Oct 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) Namibian Bowlers are still in need of financial assistance ahead of their trip to New Zealand for the World Bowls Championship next month.
The World Bowls Championship will be held from 23 November to 13 December 2016 in Christchurch.
The Namibia Bowling Association (NBA) held a fundraising event last month (September) with the aim of raising money for its two national teams to travel to the competition.
Despite their efforts to raise N.dollars 60 000 for the trip, the team still needs N.dollars 180 000 if they are to travel and participate in the championship.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, on behalf of the NBA, Anjuleen Viljoen said the team still needs funds to help pay for their accommodation while in New Zealand.
At the moment, we managed to raise money at the fundraising which is still not enough. We also got N.dollars 20 000 from our federation and the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) paid for our flight tickets and visas, but we still have that huge amount left to settle for our accommodation.
Viljoen added that bowling is currently not played by a lot of Namibians but they are working hard to make the sport one of the best in the country.
We are having two teams which consist of a ladies team and a male team. In 2014, we participated at the Commonwealth Games where we just missed out on a bronze medal but this year we competed at an African competition where we won medals. We are now looking forward to competing well again at the world stage and possibly win medals.
She added that if they are to realise their dream of competing with the rest of the world, they need the support of corporate companies and individuals to help fund the trip.
Eight athletes with a team manager will travel to New Zealand.
The women's team will compete in three disciplines while the mens team will only compete in two.
Those in a position to help the teams should contact NBA.