The Swakopmund Gymnastics Club (SGC) hosted 80 gymnasts during in-house tournaments to create a platform for senior gymnasts to polish their skills in preparations for upcoming competitions in the country before the official games start.
Manny Human, the club chairperson and caretaker, said the SGC has 80 gymnasts registered and also accommodates some juniors for fun.
The club has, however, had to overcome the challenges of insufficient equipment at its facilities, as the sport does not receive constant funding from the State.
“Getting sponsors for these events are very difficult and each club that is hosting the event has to go out and find a sponsor for the competition. The clubs apply for hosting an event once they have a sponsor in place at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February or March,” Human said.The club hosts gymnasts from the ages of 3 to 20, and has four annual competitions to keep the club members in shape.
These games will take the journalist a step closer to the qualifiers games in September which will eventually lead to the National games where gymnasts around the country will compete for medals in October.
She added, that SGC faces are that our equipment are old and out dated and new equipment is very expensive and that the hall they are training in is a communal sports hall and can get very loud with the other sports codes also training in the hall.
Lack of Gymnastics as a sport codes in schools of Namibia also affect the growth of the sport.
However, gymnastics is one of the most vital sports. It is a cognitive sport that develops both the left and right side of the brain. It not only helps with physical wellbeing but it enhances the gymnast’s academics as well.
Despite the many challenges the sport code faces in the country, there has been a slight increase in the number of gymnasts that are taking it up, but there still remains a significant gap in quality coaching courses, The Villager has learnt.