18 Dec 2013 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) Five athletes on Wednesday received scholarships worth N.dollars 60 000 from the Frank Fredericks Foundation (FFF) here for the 2013/2014 sports and academic year.
Charlene Engelbrecht from the Otjozondjupa Region specialises in shot-put and discus, and received a scholarship of N.dollars 15 000 plus an additional N.dollars 5 000 for her volunteer work in coaching young athletes.
The other recipients are Jesse Urikhob from the Khomas Region (100 metres (m) and 200m N.dollars 15 000); Adiel van Wyk from Khomas Region (long jump, 100m and 200m - N.dollars 5 000); Reginald Willlemse from Erongo Region (football player at Ajax Cape Town Football Academy in South Africa N.dollars 15 000); and Ismael Tjiramba from Khomas Region (100m and 200m - N. dollars 5 000).
We believe in developing well-rounded individuals who not only receive, but who give back to the community, said Frank Fredericks, chairperson of the FFF during the handing-over ceremony.
The FFF was launched in 1999, and is a non-profit organisation dedicated to young talented athletes in Namibia.
Fredericks, a former Namibian Olympic Games silver medalist, said the FFF prides itself in assisting to nurture the raw talents of athletes, thus helping them become well-rounded individuals who excel beyond their athletic careers.
He pointed out that many of the foundation's protégés have gone on to compete at major international competitions which include the Olympic Games, World Junior Championships and World Championships.
We are confident that the small seeds invested in these athletes will yield much fruit, and I am sure that we will see some of the athletes at future Commonwealth Games or even Olympic Games, and they will with no doubt make us proud, said a confident Fredericks.
He indicated that any sportsman or woman can apply for the scholarships - they just need a motivational letter from their sports federation president to apply.
Fredericks noted that sports are vital, because a person cannot just be studying the whole day - he or she also needs to go out in the field for some sports.
Van Wyk, a 19-year-old Grade 11 learner from the Eldorado Senior Secondary School, said it is his second time to receive a scholarship from the FFF, and he applauded the foundation for awarding him with the scholarship as it has helped him a lot in paying his school development fund and buying sports clothes.
Tjiramba, 21, a sprinter from the Pionier Boys School in Windhoek, also thanked the foundation for the scholarship.
Thank you so much for the scholarship, we really do appreciate it. Some of us are from less-privileged families and cannot afford sports materials always but this money will help us a lot, he said.