Local gymnasts off to African Championships
10 March 2020 | Sports
Joy-Lana Kabooy; Gymnast;“It is an honour to represent Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club as well as Namibia.”
Three gymnasts who are members of the junior national gymnastics team left for Egypt to participate in the African Gymnastic Championships.
The competition starts today (Tuesday 10 March) and continues until 15 March.
The team consists of Joy-Lana Kabooy from Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club and sisters D’Laine and Mea-Nien Olivier.
They are accompanied by gymnastics judge Britt Adonis-Byl and Sonja Olivier, the head of delegation and current president of the Namibia Gymnastics Federation.
The team was accorded national sport colours in Windhoek on Monday.
This is the first competition of this magnitude for Joy-Lana and D’Laine. Mea-Nine competed in the competition in 2018 while she was still affiliated to Walvis Bay-based Infinity Rhythmic Gymnastics Club.
Joy-Lana said that it is a huge honour for her to be representing her club as well as the country.
“I would not have been able to do this without my coach, Romi Kostin. She always pushes me to the best of my abilities and has taught me to never give up.”
Her goal is to compete at the Olympics in the foreseeable future.
This is the 15th African championships and also serves as a qualification event for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for Rhythmic Gymnastics.