Guides see bright future in the sport

02 Apr 2017 13:50pm
By Hesron Kapanga
PORT ELIZABETH, 02 APR (NAMPA) – Two new guides under the Namibian Paralympic Committee (NPC), Sydney Kamuaruuma and Mohammad Bock, are confident that their athletic careers are to improve.
They will be assisting T11 athletes in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at the 2017 Nedbank South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) National Championships.
Guides are compulsory in the T11 class as athletes competing at this level are nearly or totally visually impaired. Guides are optional in the T12 class.
In track events, a guide runs with and next to an athlete, shouting instructions and encouraging them from the start to the finish line. They are connected through a tether, which must be made of a non-stretchable material that is tied around the wrists or held between the fingers.
A guide must be able to keep pace and have the potential to run faster than the athlete.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, the two athletes who run 100 metre (m), 200m and 400m in their personal capacity, said joining the NPC team is the greatest thing that any athlete can wish for, as it will expose them to different types of competitions that will in return be good for their personal gain and experience.
Bock, who will now be a guide for the second time in his career, said he is working on qualifying for the All Africa Games and being at the SASAPD will help him keep fit while also improving on his own running time.
He led Ananias Shikongo to a gold medal in the 200m race a week ago in Dubai during the International Olympic Committee (IPC) first Grand Prix of the year.
Kamuaruuma, who will be guiding for the first time, agreed with Bock and said he sees a bright future in the sport of guiding. He said he is happy that this new job will expose him to different competition and help improve his own athletics.
Bock, who will be guiding Lahja Ishitile, said as an independent athlete he is confident of making a mark in the Namibian able-body athletic team because he believes in his coach’s ability to get him to the top.
Athletics Namibia President, Erwin Naimhwaka coaches bock.
Kamuaruuma will be guiding Moses Tobias.
All Namibian athletes competing here will run in the 100m, 200m and 400m categories.