Youth Games Stars Honoured

The impressive feats of Namibia’s athletes who excelled at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana last month were celebrated at the Namibian National Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Windhoek on Friday.

The Namibian team returned from the Games with 14 medals, earning a respectable 10th position on the overall medal ranking.

All Namibian performers were awarded with certificates from the organisers, certifying their performances, as well as a financial incentive and bonus awarded by the Namibian National Olympic Committee.

A special recognition was also bestowed on Siranda Horn at the celebration ceremony for her excellent performance in the high jump. Due to a rule change announced by the African continental athletics body the day before the competition, only one athlete per country was permitted to participate in each discipline at the Games.

Due to this rule change Siranda was forced to participate in a B-category competition, out of contention for any medals.

With a new personal best performance at a height of 1.70m, 16 year-old Horn would have won at least a bronze medal in the girls high jump competition.

Namibian chef de mission, Monica Boumlhm, praised Siranda not only for her g result, but also for her exemplary sportsmanship and mental strength with which she was able to perform to register a personal best despite her aerse circumstances.

The third edition of the African Youth Games will be hosted in 2018 in the Algerian capital, Algiers, where the Games will once again be aimed at athletes aged 14 to 18, offering them a platform to prepare for the Olympic Games.

The following Namibian athletes won medals against Africa’s best in Gaborone:

Gold – Sonja Adelaar (swimming 100m freestyle), Zanreacute Oberholzer (swimming 100m backstroke), Lize MoolmanSedi Jacobs (tennis doubles), Jean-Paul Burger (triathlon)

Silver – Sonja Adelaar (swimming 200m freestyle), Caro Els (golf), Max Ipinge (boxing welterweight 69kg), Titus Kaluwapa (boxing light welterweight 65kg), Tristan de Lange (mountainbike)

Bronze – Sedi Jacobs (tennis), Zanreacute Oberholzer (swimming 50m backstroke), Branden Plaatjies (mountainbike), Kristien Kruger (high jump) and Viza Ujaha (high jump).

Source : The Namibian