11 Mar 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - The Kutwano Sport Club, the first sports club for people with disabilities in the Zambezi Region, hosted its third successful regional championships on 06 and 07 March at Katima Mulilo.
The club, initiated in 2015, hosted the athletics championships at the Katima Mulilo sports complex and attracted 50 athletes with disabilities from around the region to compete in javelin, shotput, 100 metres (m) and 200m.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) coach and Secretary General, Michael Hamukwaya, said the NPC supported the championships with national classification as well as technical support.
It's always encouraging to have regions hosting such championships, especially during these hard financial times where sport funding is cut, he said.
He added that the association is fulfilling its mandate of helping regional associations in hosting these championships.
We want to give every athlete in the region an opportunity to be up for selection for the national team but most importantly, we want athletes to enjoy sports at the only regional championship for people with disabilities, Hamukwaya said.
The secretary general also said as the NPC, they are delighted to see individuals in the regions making a success of their annual event.
Hamukwaya said credit should be given to Kutwano Sport Club regional chairperson, Manga Mataa, who made the annual event a day to look forward to.
Mataa has promoted the club well and we are now seeing more athletes with disability coming out every year. This year we had so many young and old athletes coming out to be selected for the regional team.
Hamukwaya said two athletes from the Zambezi Region have been selected to represent the NPC at the upcoming South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) Nedbank National Championships that will be held in Bloemfontein from 25 March to 04 April 2018.