Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) has on Wednesday rewarded their
three Commonwealth medalists with handsome prize monies. Joan Smit, Secretary
General of the NNOC, handed over 10 000 N$ for boxing sensation Junias
Jonas who clinched the silver medal in Glasgow, while the two para-athletes,
Johanna Benson and Lahja Ishitile received 5000 N$ each for their bronze medal.
Ishitile’s guide, David Ndeilenga, also received 2500 N$ for his exceptional
are very proud of your achievements. And although the NNOC’s funds are limited,
we thought it would only be fair to reward you for what you have done for your
country”, a delighted Smit said.
also took the opportunity to promise the Namibian nation that he is far from
done and that there is a lot more to expect from him in the future. “I’m
looking forward to bringing back more medals from future events. Gold medals.
I’m back in the gym training with professionals to make fights on amateur level
easier for me”, he explained
boxer had cruised through his 64kg light welter division to eventually face
Scotland’s very own Josh Taylor in the final, where he lost on points.
the arguably most impressive performance came from visually impaired sprinter Ishitile.
The then only 17-year old won the bronze medal in the T11/12 para-sport sprint
division at her very first major event. Ishitile couldn’t receive her money in
person as she is currently busy with school related work in the north.
who became Namibia’s only winner of a Paralympic gold medal two years ago in
London, underlined her athletic abilities once again in Scotland. With her
prime event – the T37 100 and 200 meters sprint not part of the games – she
competed in long jump, jumping a fantastic 3.82 meters. Only Australia’s Jodi
Elkington (4.39m) and Bethy Woodward from Canada (4.00m) were better the