Two young athletes from the Erongo region off to Serbia

Sharlien Tjambari

Two young athletes in the Erongo region will represent Namibia at the inaugural International Schools Sports Federation (ISF) U15 World Sports Games from 11-19 September in Belgrade Serbia.

The athletes, Liina Nanhele (15), a grade 9 learner of Tutaleni High School in Walvis Bay and Indila Abrahams a grade 7 learner at Riverside Private School in Swakopmund will be part of 17 athletes with 11 competing in athletics and six in chess that will represent Namibia in the ISF U15 World Sport Games, the largest international multisport event with close to 2 500 students between the age of 13 and 15 from 42 countries competing in 14 sports disciplines.
Erongo Region Governor Neville Andre said during a courtesy visit to his office by athlete Liina Nanhele that Namibia has a lot of talent, “It is just that they are not given that opportunity to express their talent.”
According to the Governor there some sport bodies and administrators that are affecting the progress of our athletes. He, therefore, called on national sports bodies to create platforms for athletes who are from less privileged backgrounds.
Andre encouraged Nanhele to go and do her best. “When you are starting with your heats like we saw with Mboma and Masilingi, every heat that you run, break your own record. Focus on yourself, show them the product that we can produce from Walvis Bay, Erongo region and Namibia”.
Nanhele said that she is grateful for the opportunity granted her to go represent Namibia at ISF U15 World Sport Games. “I will not just try my best, but I will do my best to get that medal and bring it home.”
Liina Nanhele will represent the country in the 400m race and the Riverside Chess Queen Indila Abrahams in chess.

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