Swimming team ready to bring silverware from AAG

WINDHOEK: The Namibian swimming team is in good shape to bring silverwares at the 11th edition of the All Africa Games set for Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo from 04 to 19 September 2015.

The 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) will mark the 50th anniversary of the games, as well as its return to Brazzaville, which hosted the first edition in 1965.

About 22 sports codes have been announced for this year’s games, plus athletics and swimming for athletes with disabilities.

Namibia will participate in athletics, boxing, cycling, karate, swimming, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, and sports for the disabled.

At this year AAG Namibia was supposed to send four swimmers but Quinton Delie and Christiaan Lamprecht withdrew from the games due to school commitments.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday head of the swimming team Sonia Lindemeier said the team has been preparing well and they are hopeful of winning medals at these years games.

“Preparation has gone well, because one of our swimmer Daniela just returned from Russia where she participated at the World Championships and this was good preparations for the upcoming games.

“The last time we were in Maputo (Mozambique) in 2011 for the All Africa Games Daniela came fourth and this time around we are confident of doing better,” said Lindemeier.

She added that despite small difficulties being faced by the team they are focused on competing and flying the Namibian flag high.

“Currently we are taking a new kid on the block to the games and we are hopeful Jorn will do us proud because he is a really hard worker. The only problem we had was Daniela who fell sick but she has recovered now,” she said.

“We know when we get to Congo there will also be other swimmers from South Africa who have been very dominant in the swimming code, but our swimmers has been competing with this athletes in a number of competition and this time around we just aiming for the top three position in the competitions,” she stated.

Lindemeier echoed that if the corporate world started investing in individual athletes Namibian swimmers would be a force to reckon with all over the world.

“In our country big companies do not want to sponsor individual athletes and this makes it very difficult to maintain swimmers since they are individual athletes not a group. We are hoping in the future apart from the Sports Commission other institutions will also start investing in athletes to prepare well for major events,” said Lindemrier.

The two swimmers who will be representing Namibia is Daniela Lindemeier in the female category and Jorn Diekmann in the male category.

At the 2011 AAG held in Maputo Team Namibia returned with seven medals – one gold, one silver and five bronze.

The team will depart for Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo on 27 August and return back home on 21 September 2015.