31 Aug 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - The national bowling team has vowed to bring back silverware from the 2017 African States Bowls Championships.
The competition takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 09 September.
The team on Thursday received their national colours from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC).
NSC Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya said bowling had done very well for Namibia in international competitions and such hard work should be recognised.
He also called on the sport code to make its presence felt in all corners of the country as bowling is only played in four regions - Khomas, Erongo, Oshikoto and //Kharas.
Bowler Lesley Vermeulen, who also represented the president of the Namibia Bowling Association (NBA), said receiving national colours from the commission makes them feel recognised as a sport
She said they will fly the national flag high in South Africa.
Another bowler, Calitz Douw said Namibians are currently the defending champions at the competition and they plan to bring back medals from the championships.
Last year, Namibia won gold in the four-person and double team events. They were also crowned the second best overall team of the competition, winning silver.
The teams competing in this years championships are Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The players representing Namibia are:
Womens National Team:
Sheena du Toit, Lesley Vermeulen, Amanda Steenkamp, Maria van den Berg and Anjuleen Viljoen
Men's National Team:
Graham Snyman, Will Esterhuizen, Douw Calitz, Appolis Gidion and Axel Krahenbuhl
Team Manager: Jean Joubert
Team Coach: Anthony Crawford