24 January 2013

Namibia: Benson Off to Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix

Windhoek — Namibia's Paralympics gold and silver medalist Johanna Benson has once again embarked on yet another mission to hunt for medals, when she competes in the grueling Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, in Scotland this coming Saturday.

After taking months off to celebrate her 2012 London Paralympics Games exploits and a much needed break, Benson returns to action to do what she does best and will this time compete in her first indoor race - the 60m race against some of the best athletes from around the world. Speaking to New Era Sports ahead of Johanna's departure yesterday, Namibia Paralympics Committee (NPC) Secretary-General Penandino Kandjii said the athlete is mentally and physically well prepared for the event.

Kandjii explained that they have already consulted both coaches (Letu Hamhola and Michael Hamukwaya) who are both confident that the indoor competition should pose no serious challenge for Johanna, who usually competes in the 100m and 200m outdoor events.

In their view that will be a definite advantage for the athlete as she tackles her first indoor race on Saturday. Newly-appointed Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo, who earlier received Johanna and her team, also congratulated the Paralympics athlete and urged her to keep doing Namibia proud by bringing home more medals.

Earlier this year Benson was also nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards in the category Disabled Sportsperson of the Year. The awards take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March this year.

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