Hamukwaya secures N.dollars 68 400 for adaptive sports academy

01 Dec 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – An amount of U.S. dollar 5 000 (N.dollars 68 400) has been allocated for the feasibility study of an adaptive sports academy, national Paralympic coach, Michael Hamukwaya has said.
Hamukwaya, who is also secretary general of the Namibia Paralympics Committee, at a press conference here on Friday said the United States of America (US)’s State Department has endorsed the idea of an adaptive sports academy and availed the funds towards a feasibility study.
This announcement follows Hamukwaya’s five-week Global Sports Mentoring Programme stint at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab through the University of Tennessee, from 25 March until 29 April 2018 in Chicago on invitation by the US Department of State’s Sport for Community programme.
The Global Sports Mentoring Programme (GSMP) is an initiative created by the US Department of State and focuses on sport for community and empowering women through sports.
During his mentorship programme, Hamukwaya said he adopted the idea for an adaptive sports academy for the Paralympic community in Namibia as his action plan.
The academy will not be registered and managed as a community project, but as a business entity to ensure that it is self-sustaining, he said, noting that community projects usually fail at early stages.
“Also, the academy will not only focus on athletics but help develop other sport codes in the disability community and scout athletic potential in disabled people throughout the country,” he said.
According to Hamukwaya, the formation of the academy will be done under the advisement of his GSMP mentor, Stephanie Kanter, who arrived in the country on Thursday for a two-week consultation on the feasibility and implementation of the academy.