The Namibian (Windhoek)

27 February 2013

Namibia: Top Ten Club Champs Launched

Launching the event in Windhoek yesterday, event organiser Quinton Steele Botes said that Coca-Cola had sponsored N$15 000 for the event which aims to find the top athletics club in Namibia.

"Each club will receive points based on the IAAF scoring system for their top five male and female athletes. Furthermore, 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.

Botes added that each category winner will receive N$200 while the top three coaches will each receive N$500.

Botes said the competition is open to all athletics clubs in Namibia and called on them to make use of the opportunity.

"Our athletes need more competitions to try and qualify for international events so this will present another opportunity for them. I would also like to urge all athletics clubs to get involved and organise their own events so that we can create more opportunities for our top athletes," he said.

"Cross-country is doing well now but we need at least five more track-and-field events," he added.

The event was originally supposed to take place this coming Friday, but Botes postponed it to April 6 after receiving requests from several clubs to hold it later.

Gordon Pokolo of Coca-Cola expressed their continued support for the competition.

"We have supported this competition for 16 years and it's still going strong. We are committed to this event and we wish Quinton all the best. We can only take hope from your courage," he said, referring to Botes's battle against cancer.

The Windhoek High School Athletics Club has dominated the competition since its inception in 1998, winning it on ten occasions.

Golden Cheetahs have won it three times, with Unam and Sunshine Athletics Club winning it once each.

WHS have won it for the past four years in a row and are once again strong favourites to make it five in a row.

But they can expect strong competition from Golden Cheetahs and Welwitschia 77 as well as the Namibia Defence Force, which has come to the fore in recent years, especially over the middle- and long-distance events.

Botes, meanwhile, continues to put up a courageous fight against cancer and recently returned to Windhoek after receiving treatment in Cape Town. He said he had gone through a very difficult time but was now recovering well.

"I had a very difficult time in December and I lost a lot of weight, about 20 kilograms in total. But I am now recovering and trying to gain some weight," he said.

"I was in Cape Town for treatment where my professor told me my blood is clean, so I'm very happy for that. So now I must just get my body strong and gain a few kilograms so that I can look human again," he joked.

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