15 May 2019 18:50pm
RUNDU, 15 MAY (NAMPA) Two promising athletes from the Kavango East Region who participated in the recently-held Confederation of Southern African Schools Sports Association (Cosassa) athletics championships in eSwatini have been given scholarships worth N.dollars 120 000 each.
Beatrice Masilingo, 16, a Grade 9 learner from Noordgrens Senior Secondary School and Christine Mboma, also 16 and a Grade 9 learner at Shinyungwe Secondary School, won gold medals for their country at the Cosassa games.
The two received the scholarships from the Grootfontein Agri-College, where they will move to for their education and training in sports and agriculture.
Masilingo won three gold medals in 100 metres (m), 200m and 400m in eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, while Mboma won two gold medals in 800m and 1500m at the championships.
The private college is one of Namibias leading athlete developers as most of its athletes have gone through its ranks and made it to national and continental competitions.
The colleges principal and chairperson of the Namibia School Sports Union in the Otjozondjupa Region, Henk Botha said the scholarship awarded to the athletes covers everything and it run until they complete their education.
He said the college has put in a lot effort in producing top athletes for the country, which has enabled it to send athletes to junior and world championship competitions.
Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo applauded all the people involved in sports in the region, urging them to continue what they have been doing for the region and for the country as a whole despite the lack of resources.
We dont have enough resources, but lets do with what we have because we cannot wait until we have everything. Even the richest countries in the world do not have everything, said Mbambo.
He congratulated the two athletes for their stellar performances and achievements at the games, reiterating they should continue doing what they are doing for the country.
Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Edelberth Sivute Katamba on his part also praised the young athletes, noting that over the past years the country has lost young and good performing athletes that have come from poor backgrounds, because they were not properly taken care of.
Putting young athletes in institutions that will look after them and guide them is a good thing, he stressed.