09 Dec 2018 14:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga
GABORONE, 09 DEC (NAMPA) Juan Johnson won Namibias first medal at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana on Saturday.
Johnson competed in the 91+ kilogramme category in the mens judo event and his medal was the first for Team Namibia at the championships.
He lost to an opponent from Botswana who took silver, while Angola walked away with the gold medal.
Judo coach Henry Cookson told Nampa on Sunday Johnsons win shows how hard they have worked, while at the same time it serves as motivation for other athletes to do better in this competition and future events.
Its not easy to compete in this competition, but I am happy to see that despite competing in the Youth Games for the first time he showed courage, determination as well as the spirit to fight which really means a lot to us as a team, he said.
Cookson added that the Namibians are a well-behaved team overall and finished fourth in the overall team standing at the youth championships in the judo category.
We brought a youthful team to the competition and I am confident that at our next Youth Games in two years time, these athletes will be experienced enough to fight for medals against their opponents, he said.
He added that Namibian judo athletes still have a lot to offer to the sport going forward.
Cookson also said that the athletes will use the experience gained at the event for future competitions.
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part in the competition, which ends on 16 December.
The Namibian team is competing in football (men and women), track and field, boxing, netball, swimming, basketball, judo, volleyball (men and women) and tennis.