Benson shines at sports awards
Reality finally hit when Namibian’s golden girl walked away with the biggest financial injection after being crowned the country’s Sports Achiever of the Year at the annual award held at a local hotel in the capital last Friday night.
Although the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and its main sponsor, MTC, denied the fact that Namibians embraced Benson’s achievement at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, they finally succumbed to reality by honouring Benson with the lifetime achievement.
It was all common sense that none of the 30-plus finalists had achieved what the Walvis Bay-born Benson has accomplished this year.
Benson walked away with the Disability Sportswoman of the Year award pocketing a cool N$15 000 but it did not end there.
NSC acting chairperson, Koekie Katjiuongua, also presented the golden girl with another N$20 000 cheque.
Namibia’s long distance runner, Helalia Johannes, retained the Sportswoman of the Year award pocketing a N$15 000 cheque while the WBO bantamweight Africa champion, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, became the 2012’s Sportsman of the Year.
The Disability Sportsman of the Year was none other than Ananias Shikongo who was presented a N$15 000 cheque by the deputy minister of Sport, Pohamba Shifeta.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s Jacqueline Gertze, in absentia, was the Sport Administrator of the Year.
Namibia’s Paralympic coach, Michael Hamukwaya, walked away a proud man at the awards after being the country’s only coach to bring home a silver and gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Boxing veteran umpire, Herman Garus Oab, was presented with the Referee of the Year award while the Most Improved Sportsperson of the Year award went to sprinter, Globine Mayova.
The Most Improved Junior Sportsman and Woman of the Year awards went to Tuki Jacobs (tennis) and compatriot Natasha Rottcher of waterski, respectively.
The national cricket team took home the Team of the Year award while the Development Programme of the Year award was snatched by the Namibia Gold Federation.
Surprisingly, veteran sports reporter, Kayele Kambombo, publicly asked the golden girl while receiving his prize, if she could marry one of his senses! That is how Benson’s achievement had touched both ordinary citizens and sport reporters alike.