NUST student runs alongside Masilingi and Mboma

Namibians from all corners of the country have been in a jovial mood, owing to the stellar performance of local athletes on the global stage recently. Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi have become household names. Another rising star on the horizon is NUST’s very own, 19 year-old Ndawana Haitembu, a Bachelor of Sports Management student.
She recently bagged a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the Under-20 World Athletics Championships held in Nairobi, Kenya. In an interview held with the NUST BRIEF, Haitembu talks about her passion for athletics.

From left to right: Christine Mboma, Nandi Vass, Beatrice Masilingi, and Ndawana Haitembu.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in northen Namibia with my two siblings, raised by my mom. I inherited my running abilities from my late father (Daniel Haitembu) who passed away in 2005. He was an athlete, and is still the undisputed Namibian National 400m record holder since 1980.

Q: When did you discover your passion for running?

I started doing athletics at the age of seven. I was the fastest girl in my age group and started running with older girls, and still dominated. I then attended Rukonga Vision School in Kavango East where I was elected as the Learner’s Representative Council (LRC) under the Sport portfolio. I was the fastest girl at my school and won the Sportswoman of the Year Award twice.

Q: What do you want to become once you have completed your studies?

I want to venture into the sports industry as a Sports Manager, after obtaining my Bachelor of Sports Management degree.

Q: What would you say is one of the biggest challenges facing most Namibian athletes today?

Obtaining funding and finding a sponsorship to pursue athletics full time is one of the biggest challenges facing most Namibian athletes today.
My wish is that the government and private sector organisations invest more in sport and athletes, in particular. Namibia has many athletes with incredible potential that can fly our country’s flag high.

 

Date: 
Friday, September 10, 2021
for Month: 
September, 2021

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