Wheelchair basketball championships in Windhoek

09 Aug 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) – The Katutura Youth Centre will host a wheelchair basketball tournament on Saturday during which athletes will be assessed by a qualified classifier.
Classifiers provide sport specific classification assessments which will determine the class in which the athlete should compete. The athletes will be classified according to eligibility of impairment, minimum disability criteria and sport class.
In a media release made available to Nampa on Wednesday, Bjorn Magg, one of the tournament organisers, said it is a one-day tournament.
The Wheel-Ability Sports Club from Windhoek (two teams), Oshana Heroes’ Sports club (two teams) and the Ohangwena Wheelchair Basketball Team (one team) were invited to register for the tournament.
It serves as the national championship and is organised by the Namibian Paralympic Committee.
“The Namibian Wheelchair Society is slowly progressing,” Magg said.
Most of the players no longer use their day-to-day chairs to compete but now have multi-sport chairs, which make participation easier, after they received a sponsorship in 2015 from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
He added that more awareness needs to be created of the challenges the athletes face on a day-to-day basis just to do what they love and enjoy.
Magg invited the public to share this special experience with the athletes in an effort to help make the tournament successful so it can serve as a stepping stone for many more tournaments of this nature in Windhoek.
Entrance is free of charge.