NPC receives racing wheelchairs from IWAS

25 Jul 2017 16:30pm
By Hesron Kapanga
LONDON, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – The Namibia-National Paralympic Committee (NNPC) on Sunday received three racing wheelchairs from the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS).
IWAS creates global awareness of persons with disabilities and has over the past 60 years enjoyed a full, vibrant and productive relationship with the Paralympic fraternity by contributing to athletes’ development.
Speaking during the handover at the athletes’ village of the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday, IWAS Chief Executive Officer Charmaine Hooper said one of their biggest goals at the moment is to grow wheelchair racing in Africa.
“Namibia is one of the countries that has done well in track events and we are positive you will now have an opportunity to train more athletes, even for the wheelchair events.”
She said they are aware of many Namibian athletes who want to do wheelchair sports but due to resources, that might have prevented them from doing that.
“I know these chairs will not just collect dust because Namibia is active with Paralympic sports internationally,” said Hooper.
NNPC Secretary-General, Michael Hamukwaya was pleased to receive the donation, saying it will add value to the two wheelchairs they currently have.
“This is really a big surprise for me and I am out of words but I am happy to get these wheelchairs because it shows that someone out there has been monitoring our progress,” he said.
Hamukwaya said they can now include wheelchair racing at national championships, even if they are just five.
He said the wheelchairs are good encouragement to begin training athletes for the 2024 Paralympic Games.