REHOBOTH, 30 MAR – Rehoboth will host the third edition of the Hardap Athletics Championships on Saturday, with athletes from all over the country expected to participate.
According to event organiser Satrick Bampton, who spoke to Nampa on Friday, the Hardap Athletics meeting was officially established in 2015, with the first competition held in September 2016.
He said they had a successful regional event last year in which close to 80 athletes and four clubs entered.
“This year more than nine clubs from all over Namibia expressed interest and all secondary schools in Rehoboth will partake. We are now ranked the number 2 region in the country behind Khomas at Athletics Namibia competitions,” Bampton remarked.
The event caters for athletes older than 15 years of age as per International Amateur Athletics Federation rules, but more especially for out of school youth and the talented few up to the age of 80, he said.
“We are expecting to see some big names in Namibian athletics to make their showing, like Jolene Jacobs who did the sprints at the Birmingham World Indoor Championships in February this year and our very talented youngster, Ivan Danny Geldenhuys who ran the World Championships in Kenya last year.”
Around 25 athletes from the University of Namibia Athletics Club are also expected.
Bampton urged the public to come in numbers and support the athletes in their quest to qualify for the national championships.
The different items on the cards are 100 metre (m) hurdles, 1 500 m run, 200 m sprint, javelin throw, long jump, triple jump and shot put.
The event will close off with the 100, 200 and 400 m finals for both women and men.
The competition starts at 09h00 and registrations start 07h00 at St Joseph’s sports ground in Rehoboth.