Former Olympians reach out to kids in informal settlements

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Namibia’s legendary sprinter and founder of the Frank Fredericks Foundation (FFF) (with white cap), hands over medals to winners during the foundation’s education and sports festival.

WINDHOEK – The Frank Fredericks Foundation (FFF) hosted a successful education and sports festival in the Okahandja Park informal settlement on Saturday morning.

The event, which took place under the theme – ‘Promoting HIV/AIDS Education through Sports,’ attracted over 80 project participants from the Babylon, Okahandja Park and Kilimanjaro informal settlements on the outskirts of Windhoek. The festival was one of the highlights of the foundation’s annual community outreach projects, as it looks at ways of encouraging student athletes in the informal settlements to pursue sports and educational activities through the guidance and mentorship of prominent sports personalities, such as the legendary sprinter Frank Fredericks.

Namibian Olympians Beata Naigambo, Monica Dahl-Böhm and Frank Fredericks joined hands with national football captains Stacey Naris (Brave Gladiators) and Da Costa Angula (Brave Warriors) as they acted as mentors for the teams, while football legend Sylvester ‘Lolo’ Goraseb controlled the run of play as guest referee. Participants competed in various activities, which included an HIV/AIDS awareness game, a 7-a-Side football competition, educational quizzes, as well as a team building exercise. However, it was the team relay that had the spectators on the edge of their seats. Later this year project participants will vie for top honours when a final graduation ceremony takes place to award individual scholarships to the top performers. The scholarships will go towards the education and sport expenses of the student athletes.

 

Below are the results:

 

Gold medalists – ‘Orange’ team led by Coach Werner and mentored by Stacey Naris.

Silver medalists – ‘Youngsters’ team led by Coach Paul Hansen and mentored by Monica Dahl-Böhm.

 

Bronze Medalists – ‘King’s Stars’ team led by Coach Daniel Nghipandulwa and mentored by Frank Fredericks.

 

A special achiever’s award went to the ‘Ama 8’ team that was coached by Namibian long jump champion Adiel van Wyk.

 

By Staff Reporter

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