Karateka Katelin Martin to represent Namibia in Cameroon

29 May 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibian karateka, Katelin Shannon Martin, is excited and ready to represent the country at the All-African Karate Championships in Cameroon on 02 and 03 June.
Participants will use the championships to gain points for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Martin, who finished fifth at the All Africa Games in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015, told the media during the capping ceremony on Monday that she prepared well and is ready to fly the Namibian flag high.
“It’s not a good thing for an athlete to feel like that but I am confident because I know what I am doing and what I want to achieve at this competition.”
Her coach and father, Leonard Martin, told the media their dream and goal is to qualify her for the Olympic Games, adding they have worked long on that dream.
Leonard called on women to join the sport, saying Namibia needs more woman representatives at regional and international events.
Namibia Sports Commission Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya said Katelin’s hard work and determination to represent the country at the 2020 Olympic Games is a dream that should be supported by the corporate world.
“We were supposed to give national colours to four athletes today but due to financial constraints, we only have one athlete who is going to represent the country as she is paying for her own accommodation and flight.”
Katelin will be spending N.dollars 50 000 on flights and accommodation, while Conselect Engineering, through the Namibia Karate Federation, paid her participation fees at the competition.