The impressive achievements of the Namibian athletes who participated at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana last month were celebrated at the Namibian National Olympic Committee on Friday. The Namibian team returned from the Games with 14 medals and an impressive 10th position on the medal ranking.
The following Namibian athletes won medals against Africa's best in Gaborone:
Sonja Adelaar - swimming 100m freestyle
Zanré Oberholzer - swimming 100m backstroke
Lize Moolman / Sedi Jacobs - tennis doubles
Jean-Paul Burger - triathlon
Sonja Adelaar - swimming 200m freestyle
Caro Els - golf
Max Ipinge - boxing welter (69kg)
Titus Kaluwapa - boxing light welter (65kg)
Tristan de Lange - mountainbike
Sedi Jacobs - tennis
Zanré Oberholzer - swimming 50m backstroke
Branden Plaatjies - mountainbike
Kristien Kruger - high jump
Viza Ujaha - high jump
A special recognition was also given to Siranda Horn at the celebration ceremony for her excellent performance in the high jump competition at the African Youth Games. Due a rule change announced by the African continental athletics body the day before the competition, only one athlete per country was permitted to participate in each discipline at the Games. Due to this rule change Siranda was forced to participate in a B-category competition, out of contention for any medals.
With an new personal best performance at a height of 1.70m, 16 year old Horn would have won a bronze medal in the girls high jump competition. Namibian Chef de Mission, Monica Böhm, praised Siranda not only for her strong result, but also for her exemplary sportsmanship and mental strength with which she was able to perform at personal best levels in her adverse circumstances.
All Namibian Youth Games performers where awarded with certificates from Gaborone 2014 organizers, certifying their performances, as well as a financial incentive and bonus awarded by the Namibian National Olympic Committee.
The third edition of the African Youth Games will be hosted in 2018 in the Algerian capital, Algiers where the Games will once again be aimed at athletes aged 14 to 18, offering them a platform to prepare for the Olympic Games; contribute to the development of sport, foster Olympic values on the continent.