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The Black Africa Football Club has launched a SMS campaign through which football lovers stand a chance to win monthly cash prizes amounting to N$50,000.
According to Cassius Moetie, chairperson of the club, the campaign will run until the end of the 2011/2012 football season.
“We will start the SMS Campaign ahead of the Katutura Derby between Black Africa and Orlando Pirates. We would like to know who will walk away with N$2 500 after predicting the final score in this long-awaited derby,” Moetie said.
Fans can send their SMS to 89888 with their prediction in order to qualify for the cash price. The winner will be announced immediately after the match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Moetie urged the public to send as many text messages as they can.
“We will announce the winner after the match and locate him or her immediately on their cellphone. If we are unable to locate the winner after three mobile call attempts, we will draw again to find a winner for this exciting competition,” he said.
He said that one sms cost N3.00 and the sms campaign is not only applicable to football lovers in Windhoek alone, but also to all other football fanatics all over Namibia. “You are all invited to participate in this fan-based football initiative,” the chairman said.
“After the Katutura derby, we will also invite football lovers to predict which NPL club will top the log standing by the end of November. This time people will stand a chance to win N$5 000. A Christmas bonus of N$10,000 is up for grabs for the lucky person who correctly predicts which NPL club will top the log standings by the end of the first leg of the MTC/NPL Premier League, before the Christmas Window Break,” Moetie added.
“When the MTC/NPL Premier League resumes in January 2012, we know the league will be very competitive and therefore guarantees more excitement in our beautiful game. The SMS campaign will invite football lovers to predict which NPL Club will top the log standings between February and March 2012. Each winner in this draw will walk away with N$5 000. For the months of April and May 2012, football lovers will be in for a big treat as they will stand a chance to take a cool N$25 000 to the bank by predicting which NPL Club will be crowned Champions of Namibian Football,” Moetie concluded.
SMSes will cost N$3.
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Swimming is not only a sport but also a survival skill. It is no longer a luxury but a need such as being able to read and write, says Janis Stergiadis of the Dolphin Swimming Club.
Stergiadis was speaking at a gala dinner for children who participated in the club’s Learn to Swim programme.
The Learn to Swim gala was hosted from 26 to 27 October.
This is the third consecutive year which the Learn to Swim gala has been offered with growing interest from swimmers and parents.
Over the past 10 years since the club was established, more than 2000 children across all age groups have participated in the Learn to Swim programme.
Ingrid Goeieman, manager of sponsorships of First National Bank said: “We know that it is vitally important nowadays to be able to swim. We also know of many tragic accidents where children drowned and together with Stergiadis we urge parents to teach their children how to swim before installing a swimming pool at home. We look forward to many more skilled swimmers in Namibia.”
Over the past years the skills of the coaches and facilities have undergone great transformations.
“We have an indoor heated LTS pool and offer advanced swimming as well. FNB Namibia has been our partner for numerous years and they have assisted us financially but most importantly understood the need for LTS and have supported it all the way. We thank them for this and hope that our relationship will continue for many years to come,” said Stergiadis.
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The Luderitz Speed Challenge, currently underway on a new channel to break the world sail record of 103km/h (55.65 kts) has seen some impressive sailing earlier in the week but none of the six challengers has yet managed to match the new target of 60 kts or 115km/h. The challengers who are trying to reach the target are: Stefan Metzger of Namibia, Souphie Routabout of France (she is the only woman participating in the event), Basil Cambanis of South Africa, Taro Niehaus of South Africa, Sebastien Cattelan of France and Anthony Chaffron, who is also a French national. The Lüderitz Speed Challenge has been held in Namibia since 2007 and is a World Record Attempt in speed sailing that has produced more than 40 world and national records to date. (Picture): Namibia’s Stefan Metzger is one of this year’s challengers trying to and break the 60 kts barrier under sail. (Photograph copyright by Adrien Freville)
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The Mandume Primary School in Katutura recently selected their Sportswoman of the Year. Winner is 13-year-old Victoria Shilongo, who was also selected for the NSSU U17 basketball team earlier this year. Victoria is a player of the Basketball Artists School, an after-school programme in Katutura supported by the German non-profit organisation ISIBINDI, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Namibian Basketball Federation. This is the second Sportswoman of the Year from the Basketball Artists School, as Helena Shuumbwa (now 12 years old) was chosen last year by Mandume Primary School. The whole Basketball Artists School celebrated this double win and was joined by FIBA instructor Dr. Dele Akpata from the University of Botswana. He conducted an NBF coaching clinic in Windhoek and visited the Basketball Artists School during his free time.