Napso encourages unity amongst young athletes

Youngsters make the most of athletic opportunities.

17 March 2019 | Sports

Windhoek • Justicia Shipena



Napso athletics was held in the capital on 15 and 16 March, with more than 2 000 athletes from 25 private schools participating and 124 officials making sure things ran smoothly.

This year's event was hosted by Windhoek Afrikaanse Private School (WAP), bringing together schools from across Namibia to compete in various track and field items.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Wouter Niehaus, chief executive of the Namibian Afrikaans Private School Organisation (Napso) said that the young athletes are the country’s pride and future.

He added that Napso aims to bring together people from across the country not only to showcase their talent, but to use the opportunity to make friends, learn from each other and build on the standard of athletics in the country. “Napso is a Namibian organisation belonging to Namibians who want to plough back into our country,” he said.

Adding to the sentiment, WAP’s CEO, Arno van Wyk, said it was a privilege and honour to host one of the most prestigious athletics events in the country.

At the opening, the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni, stressed the importance of an athletic event like Napso for the country. “This is what we want to see in Namibia. That we come together as a nation and celebrate together. Here you see parents who are happy and enjoy seeing their children participate and perform.

He added saying that opportunities like Napso's event helps establish ties across the country between schools, athletes and sports lovers. “Here we can learn from each other, share ideas and build long-term relationships,” he said.

Uutoni urged athletes to use this opportunity to its full potential. “Athletes, use this opportunity to test yourself, learn from each other and compete at an international level as well. This is an opportunity to showcase your skills so that you can see whether you can participate nationally or even internationally.”Napso's anchor sponsors include Wimpy, Coca-Cola, North-West University, Spar, Channel 7, Securitas, Nictus, My Zone of Namibia Media Holdings.

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