Swimming wins second medal for Namibia at Youth Games

09 Dec 2018 16:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
GABORONE, 09 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia’s female swimmers won the country’s second medal on Sunday morning at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.
The swimmers, Heleni Stergiadis, Tiana Esslinger, Ju-Ane Oberholzer and Zune Weber won the silver medal in the 4x100 metre freestyle relay, with South Africa, who dominated the swimming events since Saturday, finishing first while Zimbabwe came third.
Namibia now has two medals at the competition.
Their first medal at the competition came on Saturday from Juan Johnson, who won a bronze in the 91+ kilogramme men’s judo event.
Swimming coach Daniel Louw told Nampa on Sunday it has been a tough competition but he was happy his athletes made it to the finals in most of their events.
“We don’t have a lot of swimmers at the competition and this is making it difficult for our athletes as they have no time to rest before going for another event. I am glad to see that most of our athletes made it to the finals that we will be swimming later in the afternoon (Sunday),” he said.
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also taking part in the AUSC Region Five U20 Youth Games, 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.