Action at Private Schools Weekend

Walvis Bay was abuzz with activity this weekend, as thousands of people attended the annual sporting event.

03 June 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw



The 17th annual Namibia Private Schools Organisation (NAPSO) Securitas Private Schools Weekend saw over 3 000 learners from 17 schools participate in various sport codes.

Participating schools were Axis Christian School, Berg-Op Academy, Edugate Academy, Elnatan Private School, Gobabis Gymnasium, Goedehoop Private School, Grootfontein Agri College, Walvis Bay Primary School, Private School Moria, Private School Swakopmund, Private School Otjiwarongo, Keetmanshoop Private School, The Dolphin Schools, Pro-Ed Academy, Tsumeb Gymnasium, Walvis Bay Private High School and Windhoek Afrikaans Private School.

This year The Dolphin Schools in Walvis Bay played host to this enormous event, where learners participated in hockey, rugby, netball, tjokker rugby and netball, chess, jukskei, tennis and archery.

Chief Executive Wouter Niehaus, commended The Dolphin Schools for hosting an excellent event. “They a very small school in comparison to some of the other schools that are part of NAPSO,” he said.

Niehaus, who is also the sports coordinator of Tsumeb Gymnasium, said since they are the next hosts for the Private Schools Weekend, people can expect it to be ‘Gimtastic’.

As one of the main sponsors for the past 15 years, Securitas went the extra mile to sponsor an additional N$50 000 to the schools who had to travel the furthest to get to Walvis Bay.

Showcase

Junior mayor of Walvis Bay, Caroline Jansen, said that events such as these, are the perfect opportunity for young athletes to showcase their talent. “Young sportsmen and women, you are the pride and future of our beloved country. The importance of sport should never be underestimated. As a young person myself, I know that one of the most obvious benefits of sport is physical health. Studies show that individuals who have good social networks usually live longer. Sport is a great way for young people to make friends, while physical activity can reduce anxiety levels and increase feelings of well-being, which is very important in our modern life. It is also widely believed that participation in sport can increase academic achievements.”

To add to the programme, the Sharks Rugby Academy attended this year’s sports weekend.

Monique Laidlaw, administrative manager and student counsellor at the academy, said events like these are perfect to scout for Namibian talent. “About three weeks ago Peter Daniel Kock, an 18-year old learner from Tsumeb, signed a contract with the Sharks Academy. Our initial idea at the weekend was to scout for a player who we could award with a 50% paid scholarship. However, the coaches approached me and said that the best players are all out with injuries, which led us to the decision to let interested boys apply with us and then we’ll make a decision.”

In addition, a pageant was also hosted, where the beautiful Amelia van der Merwe from Windhoek Afrikaans Private School scooped the title of Miss Private Schools, while Malvin Somaeb from The Dolphin Schools was crowned Mr Private Schools.

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