Archery, Hockey and Gymnastics to Youth Olympic Games

The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) announced that Archery, Hockey and Gymnastics are the only three codes that will represent Namibia from 6 to 18 October at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This year will be the fourth time that the Youth Olympic Games will be held and a country is only allowed to have one team competing in team events.
NNOC president Abner Xoagub said “We did really well at the African Youth Games in Algeria and we hope we can improve on that performance at the Youth Olympics.  “With South Africa selecting their sevens rugby team, the Namibian girls hockey team was then automatically chosen by the International Hockey Union to took part in the Youth Games as the girls finishing second,” Xoagub said.
Xoagub mentioned that with only three sport codes qualified for the games we are hoping to have more athletes from different codes possibly added before the deadline that was last Friday 31 August 2018.

NNOC secretary general and the head of mission for these games Joan Smit, said “These games will be during the school term and we do not want the athletes’ education to be affected, that is why most of them are training at home so they can still study.”
The athletes who qualified for the games are;
Quinn Reddig who qualified at the African Youth Games in Algiers as she won a gold medal in the individual archery event and is coached and managed by Frank Reddig. She will travel to a high-performance centre in Lausanne, Switzerland two weeks ahead of the games to prepare.
Thalia Loveira qualified at the African Gymnastics Championships in Cairo, Egypt in April, where she won gold in the trampoline event. Loveira is coached and managed by Veselin Kostin.
The girl’s hockey team consists of Kiana Cormack, Sonet Crous, Kahntwa Kruger, Danja Meyer, Taramarie Myburgh, Kaela Schimming, Carien and Joane van Rooyen and Cele Wessels and is coached by Shayne Cormack. The team manager is Manda Myburgh and the extra official is Conrad Wessels.