03 Apr 2017 11:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
PORT ELIZABETH, 03 APR (NAMPA) Namibian athletes with disabilities on Sunday won four gold medals during the opening day of the 2017 Nedbank SASAPD National Championships in Port Elizabeth.
The South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) started on Sunday and ends Tuesday.
Team Namibia won the four medals in track events.
The first gold for the country was won by Eino Mushila in the mens T13 100 metre (m) category, while Lahja Ishitile took first place in the T11 womens 100m category.
The other gold medals were won by Johanna Benson in the T37 100m and Moses Tobias in the T11 100m.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Team Manager Niklaus Nghumono said the small team is already reaping the fruits of their hard work.
Winning four gold medals in the opening day of the competition is not easy, but I am happy that despite coming with a small group of athletes we are showing our competitors that we mean business, he said.
Nghumono was also hopeful that the athletes would win more medals during the remainder of the games.
A group of nine Namibian athletes with disabilities and their guides are at the championships.
Other athletes who competed on the day are Lihandra van der Smit, Andreas Shoombe and Salome April for the boccia team.
Van der Smit and April failed to progress to the next round of the competition, while Shoombe did not complete his game on the first day due to time and will continue on Monday morning.
Mushila, Tobias, Benson, Ishitile, Eliakim Ameinge and Abraham Hafenanye are competing in track events with guides Sydeny Kamuaruuma and Mahmad Bock.