QSB athletics training camp success

10 January 2017 | Sports

The Quinton-Steele Botes Athletics Training Camp and Coaching Clinic that ended on Saturday was one of the best yet, said organiser Leonie van Rensburg.

Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Van Rensburg said this year was one of the best since the QSB training camp and clinic started 24 years ago.

“We have a record entry of 215 learners from across Namibia,” she said.

Coaches from South Africa assisted participants with the finer techniques of athletics.

Jonathan Greyvenstein (jumps) and Linley de Beer (throws) spent time with local athletes during the four-day camp at the Independence Stadium and according to Van Rensburg, both coaches reported interest from athletes in the track and field codes.

Former local trainees Roger Haitenge and Charmaine Smit also ploughed back their knowledge and skills as trainers.

Giving Nampa a preview of what could be expected in 2017; Van Rensburg said the plan was to host several athletics events in Swakopmund, Oshakati and Windhoek.

“We plan to have a mini grand-prix event in either Swakopmund or Oshakati, while we also plan to have a national athletics event in Oshakati,” she said, adding that it would probably be towards the end of April.

Another major event in the pipeline is a two-hour night league scheduled to take place in Otjomuise. The date of the event would be announced in due course, she said.

The idea behind the QSB Athletics Coaching and Training Camp is for participating learners and coaches to return to their schools and prepare for the school athletics season that starts this week.

It was the brainchild of the late Quinton-Steele Botes. He passed away in June 2013 after losing a battle against cancer.

NAMPA

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