Western Suburbs celebrates 40 years

07 October 2019 | Sports

Western Suburbs Rugby Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in the capital over the weekend.
One of the guests of honour was the Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero, who commended the club for its contribution to rugby in Namibia.
“The club produced a great number of good rugby players who represent the South West Rugby Union as well as Namibia National Rugby Union (NANRU),” she said, adding that she recalled the establishment of the club in 1979 when seven rugby clubs in Khomasdal joined forces to create Western Suburbs Rugby Club with different sport codes namely netball, football, softball, cricket, angling and wrestling.
Today only rugby still stands.
Tjongarero called on former rugby players to plough back into the game while urging the rugby club to include more sports codes like it did when it was first formed to bring more youngsters back to the sports fields. “My ministry wishes to encourage Western Suburbs to start all over again by bringing the youth to the sports fields so that all our sports codes truly reflect the demography of our country.”
Amongst those honoured and recognised for their efforts as rugby players, were former assistant coach of Namibia's Welwitschias and coach of the Western Suburbs rugby team, Walter Don; Johan Diergaardt, the head coach of The University of Namibia Rugby Club and the national U/20 rugby team; as well as President of the Namibia Rugby Union, Corrie Mensah. – Nampa