Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: And the Nominees Are

Namibia Breweries Limited has announced the three sport category nomination finalists for the Windhoek Lager Ambassador initiative. Jacquiline Pack, Senior Brand Manager for the Windhoek Trade Mark advised: "We were not surprised to find that the public had waited for this category and consequently received many entries under sport. The judges had a hard time choosing the top three who will now go through to the finals in May 2013 when the public will be requested to choose one winner in each category as the ultimate ambassador."

The top three candidates in the sport category are Ingo Waldschmidt, Johanna Benson and Paulus "The Hitman" Moses who are all well-known and respected Namibian sport personalities.

Waldschmidt, who has been racing Motocross since the tender age of 11, is the only Namibian thus far to have participated in the Dakar Rally. He has also represented Namibia in Gymnastics and board diving pre-independence. Waldschmidt has been racing motorbikes for close to 32 years and has won 14 Namibian Motocross Championships as well as one Western Province Motocross Championship, 9 Namibian Enduro Championships and 2 Southern African Enduro Championships Waldschmidt expressed his joy at receiving the nomination, "The Windhoek Lager Ambassador initiative is an honour to be part of. I am a very proud Namibian, and representing Namibia at the highest level of Off Road Racing has been such an honour. The Dakar Rally is the most gruelling event in the Motor Sport World, and putting Namibia on the 'Dakar Rally Map' was an amazing feeling."

Paulus Moses, an Inspector in the Namibian Police (Ministry of Safety and Security), developed an interest in the sport when he heard the promoter Nestor Sunshine Tobias talking on radio about boxing. He adds: "I decided to enroll just for fitness without knowing that one day I would achieve a lot in the sport. Apart from being the former WBA world champion, I am currently a WBO international title holder, a former Pan African champion and former WBA international champion, the titles I defended successfully to date." About the Windhoek Lager Ambassador initiative he says, "It's really a good initiative as it motivates citizens to work hard in their respective interests so as to be part of this initiative in future. I am praising the Windhoek Lager for this innovative idea."

Johanna Benson needs no introduction as she was the first Namibian to ever win a gold medal at the London Paralympics games in 2012. Johanna not only won gold, but a silver medal as well within the space of a few days thereby topping her previous performance of bronze at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. Johanna became an overnight sensation in Namibia as she received her gold medal. After her win she met with President Hifikepunye Pohamba and he said: "I would like to personally thank Johanna's mother for bringing up her daughter with so much dignity and courage." President Pohamba urged young Namibians to follow Johanna's example.

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