of Namibia’s most promising athletes have left for the Commonwealth Youth Games
in Samoa on Tuesday after a courtesy call at the Deputy Minister of Sport,
Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, the day before.
global showpiece will see around 1000 Commonwealth athletes aged 14-18 from all
around the world go head-to-head form 5-11 September. The action takes place in
the nation’s capital, Apia, across two sporting complexes that will play host
to Aquatics (Swimming), Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens,
Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting.
biggest part of the Namibian team is comprised of the Rugby Sevens squad headed
by Coach Patrick Ludick. He choose Hans Niehaus, Christiaan Ras, Riaan de
Klerk, Armando van Wyk, Rudi Pretorius, Tristan Mouton, Romanzo Lento, Arnando
Dentlinger, Popyeni Shikongo, Jan-Harm Cronje, PW Steenkamp and Allistar Miller
to represent their country and fight for a medal.
athletics team will see Visamuje Ujaha, Siranda Horn (both high jump) and Nico
Horn (javelin) participating. They are coached by Leoni Jansen van Rensburg.
In the swimming disciplines, Zanre Oberholzer, Sonja Adelaar and Lushano
Lamprecht hope to make an impact. Ryan Skinner is the coach.
Meanwhile Xander Reddig (Archery/Recurve), Lesedi Jacobs (Tennis) and Carel
Olivier (Bowls) are entered individually.
the Commonwealth Games, all athletes stay in athletes’ village-style
accommodation and events comply with the relevant IF’s technical rules and
regulations, giving many competitors their first taste of an international
multi-sport Games. World anti-doping standards also apply.
the field of play, the Youth Games nurtures new sporting global citizens by
focusing on friendship, integrity and cross-Commonwealth inter-cultural
exchange – learning and living the Commonwealth Games Federation’s values of
Humanity, Equality, Destiny.
host nation, Samoa, which means Sacred (Sa’) Centre (Moa) of the Universe, is a
small, tropical island nation in the Central Pacific with a young population of
187,000, over half of whom are 25 and under.
in 2000 and now in its 5th edition, the Youth Games are a sustainable
opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major
sporting event, using predominantly pre-existing venues (in Samoa’s case
constructed for the 2007 Pacific Games) whilst also promoting an inclusive and
positive youth agenda.