04 Jan 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JAN (NAMPA) The annual Quinton-Steele Botes (QSB) athletics training camp and coaching clinic commenced at the Independence Stadium on Wednesday.
The 24th annual training camp has over 300 athletes from across the country taking part and will run for four days.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the training on Wednesday, Leoni van Rensburg, who is the caretaker of the QSB training camp, said there are 20 coaches training the athletes in track and field events such as sprints, middle- and long-distance running, relay, hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw.
Two coaches are from South Africa the rest are Namibians.
Van Rensburg said the 25th edition next year will not be the last as indicated by this agency in an earlier story. She said they plan to host the event more than once annually.
President of the Namibia National Olympic Committee, Abner Xoagub, who was also at the venue, said this is the best time of the year for the training, when primary and secondary schools start with their athletics competitions.
There is no way a child can have academic achievement without physical fitness, so this helps children a lot, said Xoagub.
Coaches and parents expressed excitement, saying the training camp is very effective in promoting sport and health.
It also grooms future sport representatives for Namibia.
Anja Louw, a parent from Stampriet in the Hardap Region, said she is attending the training because they do not have these sort of activities in Hardap.
I am documenting everything I learn here and will take back to my community and schools to motivate other parents to come learn so we better our childrens sport careers, said Louw.
Athlete Sandro Diergaardt, a bronze medallist in long jump at the Region Five Games which took place in Angola last month, is also participating.