Returning Benade targets 2020 Paralympic Games gold

21 Mar 2019 15:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga

STELLENBOSCH, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibian paralympian, Reginald Benade is happy to return to the sport field after a three-year absence from the sport due to injury.

Benade, who competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China where he won a bronze medal in the men's F35/36 discus throw event, made a successful return at the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) national championships held in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

While at the SASAPD national championships, Benade won two gold medals in shot put and discus throw, recording a personal best of 10.28 metres (m) in shot put and a 30.42 in the discus.

The 10.28m in shot put was a qualifier for the 2020 Paralympic Games as well as the 2019 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships qualifiers.

Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Benade said he still has a lot of work ahead of him, as he would want to represent Namibia once more at the 2020 Paralympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan.

“I know I can do better than what I did at the SASAPD because in the past I use to throw 12m in shot put and 40m in discus which at the moment I am very far off, but I feel happy that after the competition I am not in pain as I use to be in the past,” he said.

Namibia’s first Paralympic Games medalist added that he came to the SASAPD national championships so he could see if he could still continue with the sport.

“I used to have back pains after training but I travelled to Taipei, Taiwan for a year where I received treatment which really helped with my back pains because at the moment I feel really good right now,” he explained.

“I wanted to quit the sport but after seeing that I still have something to offer I will start training well again so I can improve on my techniques,” he said.

Benade, who qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil but could not participate due to injuries, expressed optimism of once again winning a medal for Namibia next year.

“I threw a Paralympic Games qualifying standard but it’s not good enough. I have a couple of months to improve on that because I still believe that if I get the right support once again I can win a medal for Namibia in Tokyo,” he said.