06 Jan 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JAN (NAMPA) - The 21st Quinton-Steele Botes (QSB) Athletics Course and Training Camp commenced at the Independence Stadium in the capital on Monday.
It ends on Friday.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday morning, main organiser Botes said they expect around 300 participants, including 20 coaches, to register for the camp.
He noted that the camp has reached more than 5 000 athletes and coaches in its 21 years of existence.
Besides the normal track and field events, a workshop for administrators and event organisers is also planned for Wednesday, amongst other things.
The week-long training course will end with a Marathon Sugar Mini Grand Prix on Saturday during which all coaches and athletes will put their theoretical experience into practice.
Another Mini Grand Prix is planned for 22 February.
Botes said cash prizes will be up for grabs, adding that athletes should be 15 years or older and be licensed with a club for them to participate in the competition.
The longest-serving sponsor, Engen Namibia - which has been involved in the event since its inception 21 years ago - contributed N.dollars 7 000 which will provide orphans and vulnerable children from various houses of safety in and around Windhoek with the opportunity to take part in the training camp.
The children are from the SOS Children's Village, Hope Village, Huis Maerua, Namibian Children's Home, and Wilderness Therapy. Engen is sponsoring their participation in the camp fully, and this includes payment of their registration fees and the provision of daily lunch packs.
They will also be transported to the event and back.
The main sponsors of the event are Coca-Cola, Starlite, Engen, Wimpy Namibia, Avis Car Rentals, Tyres 2000, Hyundai, Marathon Sugar, Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Bank Windhoek and Exco.