Top Ten Club Champs Launched

The Coca-Cola Athletics Top Ten Club Championships will take place for the 17th consecutive year at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on 15 March.

At the launch of the championships on Tuesday, event organiser Quinton Steele Botes said that all 28 of Namibia’s athletics clubs may compete in the championships which aims to find the top athletics club in Namibia.

“The top five male and top five female performances of each club will be taken to determine the winning club. They need to enter in five different events namely the sprints, middle distance, throwing, hurdles and jumping events to find the overall winner,” he said.

The winning club will receive N$1 000, while the runners up will receive N$750 and the third placed club N$500. Each category winner will receive N$200 while the top three coaches will each receive N$500.

“We want to create more opportunities for our athletes so that they can try and qualify for upcoming international events. We already have four athletes who have qualified for the Commonwealth Games but hopefully we can get more,” Botes said.

At yesterday’s launch, Robyn Nakaambo of Coca-Cola announced a sponsorship of N$20 000 for the championships.

“For us at Coca-Cola it’s important to plough back into the community and we will definitely continue sponsoring this event,” she said.

Windhoek Hochland Sport Athletics Club has dominated the Top Ten Championships, winning it for the past five years in a row and 11 times in total. Golden Cheetahs Athletics Club won the event three years in a row from 2006 to 2008, while Unam and Sunshine Athletics Club have both won it once.

Botes meanwhile also announced that the final teams that will represent Namibia at the Anoca Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana, will be announced next week.

The Anoca Youth Games, that take place from 22 to 31 May, will give athletes a last opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Youth Games which take place in Nanjing, China from 16 to 28 August.

Namibia will compete in the following codes in Botswana:

Athletics, swimming, boxing, tennis, golf, cycling, seven-a-side rugby, triathlon and netball.