Windhoek – The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) on Monday awarded national colours to 13 Paralympic athletes and officials of the Benchrest shooting team; the Golf Federation as well as the Bass and Angling Association at their offices in Windhoek.
The official handover of the national colours was conducted by the Director of Disability Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service, Jo-Anne Manuel, who called on all the athletes from the four sporting codes to represent the country well.
“On behalf of the Namibian government, we ask you to act and behave diligently as you are now representing Namibia. Go out there and enjoy yourself and bring us medals,” Manuel said.
She further thanked the sponsors, especially NamPower for coming to the rescue of the Paralympic teams, saying their commitment to sports is unquestionable as they have displayed in the past by supporting other sport codes such as boxing.
Simataa Freddy Mwiya, the Chief Administrator of the NSC paid tribute to the various sporting codes for continuing to develop athletes capable of competing at international stages, despite limited resources.
“As NSC, we are happy to see that despite the limited resources, sport codes are able to send athletes out of the country. We would like to thank various sponsors who have made this possible, while at the same time we call upon other corporate companies to come on board,” he said.
Paralympic athletes will participate at the 2018 Berlin Grand Prix from June 27 to July 1 in Germany.
The bass and angling team is participating at the region five Bass Federation International Tournament scheduled for July 22 to 27 in Lake Chicamba in Mozambique.
The Benchrest shooting team will take part in the Rimfire Championships from July 23 to 28 in Spain.
The Golf team, meanwhile, will take part in the 2018 Junior Open from July 16-18 in Scotland. - Nampa