Fourteen young men and women were trained as junior coaches in basketball at the Basketball Artists School (BAS) in Windhoek last weekend.
The clinic is part of the project ‘Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS’ by the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The gathering attracted participants between the ages of 15 and 22 from both the Khomas and Ohangwena regions.
Project coordinator Ramah Mumba was very pleased with the outcome: “The clinic was a huge success. It’s very important to train young people, as they are the future of our country. We will continue with more clinics next year and we’re sure that these young people will help to further develop basketball in Namibia”.
Mumba conducted the clinic together with German basketball expert Frank Albin and the clinic also included a First Aid session led by renowned sport medic Dr Donatha Ngunovandu.
The awards ceremony was graced by Prof Dr Egon Juettner, a member of the German parliament. Juettner was visiting BAS, with Annegret Al-Janabi from the German Embassy, while Mao Mpoyi represented the NBF. All participants received certificates and basketball equipment.
A special award was given to Abassier Leukes (Windhoek/DHPS) for his outstanding overall performance, whilst Petrina Aron (Windhoek/BAS) received a special award as Most Impressive Junior Coach and Vincentius Elmau Boois (Windhoek/BAS) was awarded for his Best Effort into Practice Plan.
The other graduates were Tangi Erickson, Leonard Kamati, Thomas Kampolo, Peter Naholo, Daniel Shikongo (all Eenhana), Ileni Hitula (Windhoek/DHPS), Stefanus Ngolo (Windhoek/UNAM Pacers), Mantius Amukoshi, Idah Angolo, Thandi Boois, Jacobina Uushona (all Windhoek/BAS).