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Standard Bank employees to take part in Two Oceans marathon

by Staff Writer


About 15 Standard Bank Namibia employees will take part in the Two Oceans marathon in South Africa, Cape Town slated for end of March.

As an employer of choice, Standard Bank understands the importance sport plays in the physical and mental wellbeing of its employees and has committed itself to ensuring that Blue family adopts a healthy lifestyle by aligning itself with the promotion and development of various sports, said the bank. 

The Two Oceans marathon has been in existence since 1970. 

Participants can choose from various distances such as the scenic 56km ultra marathon or popular 21km half marathon and the 5km or 2.5km fun runs. 

It also features a 5.6 km international friendship run, a 2.1 km Nappy Dash and a 5.6 km Toddler Trot.

The marathon is grueling yet rewarding as participants are able to take in the exhilarating cool breeze, all the while admiring the untamed beauty of nature, said the Acting Head of Marketing, Sigrid Tjijorokisa. 

“We understand that our employees are the most valuable asset. To us they are not just staff numbers, but unique individuals with dreams, aspiration and goals of life. So beyond their 8am to 5pm job at the Blue Bank, people also have other healthy aspirations they like to pursue and through the Two Oceans we also want to give them an opportunity to participate in this phenomenal event, especially those who find such engagements worth their while,” she said. 

She added that Standard Bank Namibia is proud of its 15 Blue Bankers who showed abundant stamina, teamwork and focus within the workplace.

She said this will come in handy for conquering a 56km ultra marathon as they also showcased these exemplary attributes when they recently passed the stringent criteria to qualify for the marathon.

The Two Ocean enthusiasts are Ali Spaeth; Jacinto Fekayamala; Desiree Bock; Nawaaz Dinath; Irene Venter; Hilda Wilson; Silveira Madaleno; Natasha du Plessis; Simeon Shaanika; Tapia Kapiya; Tjizapouzeu Tjongarero; Willem Shayuka; Hendrik van Wyk; Derick Colmer and Christelene Steenkamp. 

The team will leave for the race on the 28th of March and will spend four days in Cape Town preparing, competing, bonding and enjoying everything the world-class city has to offer.

“We are committed to employee health and wellness. By supporting our team of marathon runners, we hope to encourage and foster unity and fellowship amongst employees in order to build a sense of community. The Two Oceans team are sure to have an unforgettable time and inspire others in the bank to move forward and meet their own challenges,” Tjijorokisa concluded.