Frank Fredericks Foundation hands over scholarships

23 February 2015 | Sports

The Frank Fredericks Foundation announced its scholarship recipients for 2015 at a media briefing in Windhoek yesterday morning. Six talented student athletes from across the country received academic and sport scholarships with a total value of N$59 000. Chairperson Frank Fredericks said the foundation bearing his name had made a significant contribution to the development of sport and education in Namibia in the past 16 years. “As chairperson I have also emphasised the importance of balancing education with sport,” he said. “I am therefore proud that today we can make a valued investment in young men and women who are not only talented on the sport field, but who have also resolved to pursue a sound academic career,” Fredericks said. “Some of these athletes are pursuing studies in engineering, accounting and science, which is very promising for a growing nation.” One of the recipients of this year’s scholarships is a golfer. “We are glad that we could award Gabriel Shikodi with a scholarship of N$20 000 following the successful fundraising golf day hosted in October last year through the generous sponsorship of anchor sponsor Samsung,” Fredericks said. “FFF plans to host another fundraising golf day later this year with the hope to award more scholarships to young talented athletes.” Two scholarships of N$12 000 each were awarded to Frankie Katanga and Vi-Ally Basson for their participation in FFF’s community development initiatives in the Babylon informal settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek. The initiative, which started in 2012, is aimed at positively transforming communities by using sport as a tool to promote HIV/Aids education and healthy lifestyles. Scholarship recipients: 1. Jhundre Eiseb – Gymnastics (N$5 000) 2. Sune Engelbrecht – Shot-put & discus (N$5 000) 3. Ismael Tjiramba –100m, 200m (N$5 000) 4. Gabriel Shikodi – Golf (N$20 000) 5. Frankie Katanga –Community Sport (N$12 000) 6. Vi-Ally Basson – Community Sport (N$12 000) WINDHOEK-SPORT REPORTER