Off to Glasgow!

A delegation of 33 athletes and 23 officials will represent Namibia at the 20th Commonwealth Games which take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 3 August.

The delegation was introduced to Minister of Youth and Sport Jerry Ekandjo during a courtesy call to his offices on Wednesday, where the secretary general of the Namibian National Olympic Committee Joan Smit said the team was well prepared and ready to make the country proud.

“Our athletes worked extremely hard to qualify for these games. A lot of preparation went into this and these athletes are the cream of the crop. We don’t have many resources, but with their level of dedication and commitment, we know that they are well prepared to do their best,” she said.

Minister Ekandjo wished the athletes well, saying that they should be good ambassadors and put their country on the map.

“As athletes, you will feel the pressure to perform well, but I want you to be at ease – because for us you are still winners. The main fact is that you are participating at an international event and you will gain experience. You will put Namibia on the map and the whole country is proud of you,” he said.

Namibia will be represented in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, Para-sport, shooting, wrestling and triathlon.

In athletics, Namibia will be represented by four long distance runners, Helalia Johannes, Beata Naigambo and Leena Ekandjo in the women’s marathon and Reonard Namupala in the men’s marathon.

They will be accompanied by manager Dennis Skrywer and coach Robert Kaxuxuena.

In bowls, Namibia will be represented by Ewald Vermeulen, Douw Calitz, Will Esterhuizen, Steven Peake and Gideon Appollis, with Sandy Joubert the coach and Jean Joubert the manager.

In cycling, Namibia will be represented by six men and two women. The male cyclists are Dan Craven, Loto Petrus, Till Drobisch, Costa Seibeb, Heiko Redeker and Gerhard Mans, who will all compete in the cycling road race, while Drobisch and Mans will compete in the time trial and Redecker in the mountain bike race.

The female cyclists are Vera Adrian and Irene Steyn. The team will be accompanied by coach Richard Shepherd, technical Jean Carlo Krohne and manager Gerrit van Schalkwyk.

In boxing, Namibia will be represented by Mujandjae Kasuto, Immanuel Shapaka, Lazarus Shaningwa and Jonas Jonas, while Kenneth Muatara is the manager and Jacob Gariseb the coach.

In Para-sport, Namibia will be represented by Johanna Benson, Johanna Katjikuru, Even Tjiviju, Ruben Soroseb, Anna Kambinda, Charles Cloete, Lahja Ishitile, David Ndeilenga and Etchegaray Nguluwe.

Penandino Kandjii will accompany the team as manager while the other officials are Tertius Beukes, Zikizee Mutenge and Michael Hamukwaya.

Gaby Ahrens will compete in shooting, and will be accompanied by her father Hasso Ahrens as coach Drikus Coetzee will compete in triathlon with Cheryl Young as coach, and Angula Shikongo will compete in wrestling with Johannes Homateni as coach.

The chef de mission is Dawid Augustyn, while Hendrik Mapele is the team general manager.

Anna Geleni is the office administrator, Vernon Morkel and T’Neil Losper are the medics, and Heiko Diehl and Elke Bockmuhl are the media representatives.

It will be the sixth time that Namibia compete at the Commonwealth Games following their debut at the 1994 Games in Vancouver, Canada. On that occasion, Frank Fredericks won one gold and one silver medal as Namibia finished 18th overall out of 63 countries.

In 1998, Namibia won two silver and one bronze medal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to finish 25th out of 70 nations, and in 2002, the country won one gold and four bronze medals to come 23rd out of 72 nations in Manchester, England.

In 2006, Namibia won one gold and one bronze medal to finish 17th out of 71 nations in Melbourne, Australia, and in 2010, won one silver and two bronze medals to finish 27th out of 71 nations in Delhi, India.

Source : The Namibian