By Carlos Kambaekwa
One of Namibia’s talented but most underrated athletics coaches Letu Hamhola has reason to feel on top of the world after the soft-spoken and long-serving athletics mentor landed himself a scholarship to acclimatize himself with the finer points of athletics in Leipzig, Germany later this month.
The 34-year-old Hamhola who has been instrumental in overseeing the rise
to fame of Namibia’s only world acclaimed female athlete Agnes Samaria in the past years is currently a level four coach and holds the title of chief coach in domestic athletics.
Thirty-year-old Cecil Malgas and Iker “Laanie” Hukununa, a teacher at the Otjozondu Primary School in the Otjozondjupa Region, will accompany Hamhola to Germany for the 5-month long training course in the area of track and field – courtesy of the University of Leipzig.
Whilst in Leipzig, the coaches will be taken through the ropes in the fields of biomechanics, science of movement and training as well as sport injuries and pedagogics.
In addition, the coaches will also be required to undergo extensive training in the latest technology of practical coaching, programming and periodisation.
Meanwhile, Air Namibia reaffirmed its commitment to the development of athletics at all levels when the national air carrier extended its long-term sponsorship deal with local sport consultant Quinton Steele-Botes for another two years.
The company has been the official sponsors of Botes over the last 15 years.