WINDHOEK, 02 APR – Namibian athletes won 15 medals on the opening day of the South African Disability National Sport Championships underway in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The Nedbank South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired (SASAPD) Championships started Saturday and end Tuesday.
The competition is being used by the Namibia National Paralympic Committee to classify their new athletes, as well as prepare them for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games qualifiers.
Team Namibia won 13 gold and two silver medals on Saturday.
Namibia’s T11 sprinter, Lahja Ishitile and her guide Sydney Kamuaruuma broke the South African T11, 100 metre record when they ran 13.86 seconds. The old record stood at 15.20 seconds.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Namibia National Paralympic Committee official Memory Kahlari said she was overwhelmed by the athletes’ achievements.
“They are working as a team despite competing in different events,” she said.