Erongo athletes scoop twenty five medals

Rudi Bowe

The Erongo athletics team set up some excellent performances as they scoop twenty five medals at the Coca-Cola Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) National Championships held last Friday 30 April and Saturday 1 May 2021 in Windhoek.

The best junior female field athlete award went to Adara Gey van Pittius with Johannes Kanyengela the best senior male field athlete at the nationals.
Hennie Horn one of the coaches in the Erongo region said that every athlete and coach in the region were very excited to have another opportunity to take part, especially at National level.
Horn said, “Athlete training can be created to measure and test yourself and competitions are not just about testing yourself but to make friends learn to compete. You learn to win and lose your head on teasing hard work for next time.”
According to Horn the Erongo region has always been one of the strongest regions in Namibia and has shown this year that there is a lot of talent in our region.
Horn said “In preparation for the National Championships, Athletics Development Club held a training camp as well as a competition (22-24 April) Most of the medal winners were part of it and one must realize that the final preparation for Nationals is of cardinal importance.”
“There are a lot of big plans for our athletics in the Erongo region as we plan training camps in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay.”
According to the NSSU’s national coordinator, Mr. Sollie Duiker “Under normal circumstances, the NSSU would have put together a team based on the national championship to compete at the Cossasa event against countries in Southern Africa but in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic no team selection is currently planned although the possibilities for later are kept in mind.”
The medal winners from the Erongo region at the national were as follows:
GIRLS U/13 High Jump Adara Gey Von Pitius 1.45m-Gold and Arizhia van der Waldt 1.40m-Silver
GIRLS U/15 Liina Nanhele 400m 1:03.87-Gold
GIRLS U/17 Bianca Booysen 100m 13.27-Silver, Carla Schultz High Jump 1.50m-Silver and Tharina De Jager Shot Put 11.76m-Bronze
GIRLS U/19 Chrislene Klein-Nienaber 100m Hurdles 15.31-Gold, High Jump 1.55m-Gold and Long Jump 5.05m-Gold
BOYS U/13 Quanito Noble 100m 12.52-Silver and 200m 25.00-Gold, Romeo Hardnick High Jump 1.60m-Silver and Liam Kuhn High Jump 1.50m-Bronze
BOYS U/15 Valentino Ganaseb 1500m 4:46.67-Bronze and High Jump 1.80m-Gold
BOYS U/17 Riko Ndura 800m 2:08.77-Bronze, Johannes Kanyangela High Jump 1.95m-Gold and Uatajo Uakambua 1500m 4:31.74-Gold
BOYS U/19 Wedley Tsumib 100m 11.52-Bronze and 200m 22.44-Silver, Lawrence Iishuna High Jump 1.80-Bronze, Euzein Gonteb Long Jump 6.40-Bronze and MJ Atzkin Shot Put 13.00m-Silver and Discus Throw 34.82m-Silver

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