Athletes Commission to Pioneer Career Development Workshop
A workshop assisting Namibian athletes to maximize their education and identify
employment opportunities will be hosted by the Athletes Commission, under the
Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) on Saturday 15th June 2019 at Am
Weinberg Conference Centre in Windhoek. This one-day workshop, entitled
Career+ Outreach Workshop: Preparation for Lifelong Excellence, is aimed to help
athletes to confidently stride into a dual or new post-competitive sports career using
their transferable skills.
Career+ is intended to support athletes at every stage of their career, enabling them
to discover their full potential.
Using the scheme, athletes will be able to plan their
working life outside the world of competitive sport by providing advice, training and
Athletes’ Commission Chairperson, Gaby Ahrens explains that athletes are not
always readily prepared and equipped to transition into other roles once they have
retired from competitive sport. “Athletes are presented with numerous challenges
during and after competition from dealing with depression, finding their purpose, to
trying to fit into the professional business world.” Ahrens further explains, “Many
athletes are focused on competing and fail to develop professional skills, making it
difficult for them to obtain employment once they have retired, further obstructing
them in their future career. This places a further burden on them as their finances
Olympian Basketball player and ANOCA Athletes Commission Member, Kady
Kanoute Tounkara from Mali will present the workshop. Tounkara participated in the
2008 Beijing Olympic Games as co-captain of Mali Women’s Basketball Team.
She was a professional player for several years in Europe (Spain, France, Austria) and
five-time French National champion before completing her Marketing and
Management Degree at Fordham University (New York – USA), where she was a full
scholarship recipient and captain for four years. Kady also successfully competed in
NCAA Division One.
As an ANOCA Athletes Commission nominee since 2013, and president for Zone 2,
she is a volunteer who represents, empowers and educates athletes. Kady is an
active trainer and promoter of the IOC ACP Outreach Programme globally and in
The dynamic training programme, which utilizes a hands-on approach, is designed
to provide guidance through in-person sessions for a broader range of athletes.
“The workshop material has been designed to specifically support elite athletes to
balance sports training and competition, alongside their education. It is also
designed to help them to manage dual careers.
Key to the programme is building a game plan for future success in life and training will also involve networking, drafting
CVs and preparation for interviews.”
The workshop is primarily aimed at elite athletes who have participated at
continental, regional and national level, however, coaches and other support staff
will also benefit and are encouraged to attend so they can pass on their knowledge
to their athletes.
Gaby Ahrens can be contacted at mobile number 0812723438 or by email at