WINDHOEK, SEPT 22 – Olympic Rower, Namibia’s Maike Diekmann has encouraged Namibian youth to work hard toward their goals, and reminded them that the pay-offs for sacrifice can be huge.
Speaking during Monthly Namibian Heroes/Heroines Ceremony in Windhoek, Diekmann said that she had to work hard in order to qualify for the Olympics and that it was gratifying to represent Namibia during the Olympics.
“I was very proud and happy to see the tremendous amount of support that I got from Namibians. The hard work really pays off, the sacrifices as well,” she said.
During the interview, she revealed that she had not yet set out her future plans due to the rigors of Olympic preparations.
“I am yet to decide about my future but definitely rowing is involved. For now I am spending time with my family. I feel that I have a responsibility to try and grow the sport as well.”
She made a clarion call to government and the corporate world to play their parts in growing sports in general because they can be crucial to national development.
“Sports need financing, proper training systems and recruiting systems which have the potential to benefit not only the youth, but the country as a whole. The fact that athletes are bringing home medals should be a wake-up call for not only government but the corporate world to invest in the country’s future.
The interview was initiated by Naayela’s Dream Publications – a company founded in 2014 by a young Namibian woman.
“The company was founded to create publications of Namibian heroes and heroines from all walks of life. As part of its mandate, the company will be hosting virtual monthly celebrations of extraordinary Namibians who have done remarkable deeds for their country and community. The program will cater Namibians from all backgrounds and choice,” said an executive from Naaleya’s Dream Publications.
She added that one of the aims was to “ensure that we celebrate our own heroes and heroines to ensure that we tell the Namibian story as it is supposed to be.” – NDN Staffer