The Namibian (Windhoek)

31 August 2012

Namibia: Team Namibia Raring to Go At Paralympic Games

NAMIBIA'S athletes are ready to take on the world's best at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

According to team leader Penandino Kandjii, they have been using the excellent training facilities at their disposal in Liverpool to help them acclimatise since August 10.

They relocated to the Paralympic Village on Saturday where coaches Michael Hamukwaya and Barbra Fernandez have been keenly monitoring their progress.

The summer Paralympics got underway yesterday.

"In the Village, everything is okay. The team is in good shape, except one slight injury to Martin Aloisius. But the medic, Donatha Ngunovandu, is working around the clock and hopefully he will be ready for the [start of the] Games," said Kandjii.

Kandjii added that the team was receiving tremendous support from the Namibian High Commissioner in London.

"Mr George Liswaniso is going out of his way to make sure the entire Namibian delegation is looked after."

Namibia is represented by Ananias Shikongo (T11 100, 200, 400), Martin Aloisius (T12 200, 400), Johanna Benson (T37 100, 200 and long jump), Reginald Benade (T37 Discus) and Ruben Soroseb (T56 powerlifting).

The athletes are accompanied by Deputy Director of Sports Eldeberth Katamba and the chairperson of the Sports Commission, Vivienne Katjiuongua, while Deputy Sport Minister Pohamba Shifeta is expected to join them today.

"We remind the nation of our promise to award the athletes for any medals won during the competitions," said Kandjii.

"We have established a fund to ensure that the athletes receive the awards associated with their achievements, however we urge government ministries and agencies, and the business community to contribute to this fund in order to realise the dreams of our Paralympians," she said.

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