Jansen will be a star in future: Botha

06 Aug 2017 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) – Para-athlete Dian Jansen’s Coach, Hendrik Botha is confident the young athlete will develop into a big star for Namibia after he finished sixth in both events at the 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships.
The international event was held in Nottwil, Switzerland from Thursday to Sunday and the 18-year-old Jansen was Namibia’s sole representative.
He finished sixth on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Jansen, who has also represented Namibia at able body competitions through the Namibia School Sport Union (NSSU), competed in the F44 category.
F44 is a disability sport classification for field athletes. The ones in this category have impairments in the lower limbs; a unilateral or combination of lower limb impairments resulting in functional loss in one foot, ankle and/or lower leg.
Athletes in this class compete in a standing position and without support.
The Namibian teenager’s first event at the competition was in Discus on Friday when he threw a distance of 34.41 metres (m) and then Shot Put on Saturday in which he threw a distance of 8.36m to also finish sixth overall out of the six competitors.
Botha told Nampa in a telephone interview on Sunday they gained a lot of experience that will help them in future competitions.
He said Para-sport is not just about competing but holding hands as a family while in and off the field.
“Three countries came to support Dian. South Africa, New Zealand and Australia were cheering behind him and we made good friends at this championship. I am positive that despite not winning a medal, Dian has learned a lot for his future competitions and he will be a star,” he said.
Jansen and his coach are expected back in Namibia on Tuesday.