The accolade was a reward for the team’s Gold Medal performance at the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) Games last year. The Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year are Nelson Ekandjo and Fenesther Pienaar, respectively. Both students excelled in hockey and made it to the national team.
The awards ceremony is held annually to recognise students who perform outstandingly in different sports codes and cultural activities. More than 50 trophies were presented in a wide range of categories that included Best Soloist Choir Member, Best Actor and Most Committed Soccer Player.
The Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, in her keynote address acknowledged that the Poly had limited infrastructural space and emphasised that this should not deter the students from excelling in extra-curricular activities. “It is my sincere wish that we will see a number of students from the Poly representing Namibia on the international sports arena such as the World Student Games, the Commonwealth Games and ultimately, the Olympic Games,” Tjongarero said.
Since the issue of insufficient funds for the construction of a multipurpose hall, sports fields and a students’ centre remains a great concern, the Rector, Tjama Tjivikua, has thrown the ball in the court of the student leaders and challenged them to embark on a vigorous fundraising campaign. He said such a campaign would resonate well with the institution’s transformation from the Poly to the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).