About Ananias Shikongo

Meet Ananias Shikongo - Paralympic Record Holder and gold medalist

Background

Ananias Shikongo (1986) is Namibia’s and Africa’s sprint champion in 100m and 200m in T11 (totally blind). He made his personal dream of winning gold for Namibia in 200m at the Paralympics of Rio 2016 came true. He is competing against the world’s best from Europa, US and Latin America. Ananias needs to overcome the limitations of his support environment and to optimise his training and living conditions. 

Ananias grew up in Okangolo, Oshikoto Region, northern Namibia, in a village not too far from the Angolan border. He lost his eyesight in tragic circumstances while being still a young boy. He went to special School in Ongwediva and Windhoek Technical High School.

Despite, or because of this tragedy, Ananias managed to become a great sportsman, a model athlete, the fastest African (blind) sprinter. His character and his courage allowed him to overcome and to reach incredible heights: Namibian champion, African champion, World Silver Medallist, Paralympic Record Holder.

At the Paralympics of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Ananias won a gold medal in the 200m with a Paralympic Record time of 22.44 seconds. He brought also two bronze medals in the 100m and 400m to Namibia. Now he is eager to break the world record!

Ananias made his achievements with little support and very limited resources. However, is next goals requires to optimize the environment that supports his personal and his athlete life:

  • enhance training efforts
  • improve equipment; support travel conditions
  • optimise nutrition

All these aspects have room, and need, for improvement. Your support will help Ananias to optimize his preparations. Contact us for sponsoring opportunities. We will be happy to answer your questions directly. 

Aspirations

  • Break the 200m World Record 
  • Professional career in Government Service
  • Establish a Trust Fund and support fellow sportswomen and –men

What I likeAnanias & son

  • My son Isaac Proud Shikongo, born 25 July 2014, currently living in the North of Namibia with my family
  • Training with abled athletes
  • Daily discipline / routine: getting up at 06:00 and to bed at 21:00
  • Attentively preparing my food for lunch
  • My spikes called Ekasha Letotongwe (=cheetah feet/pawn)

What I dislike

  • Alcohol and drunken people
  • Daily struggle for transport and commuting between home and sports complex

Meet the Coach: Mike Hamukwaya


Ananias is coached by Michael (Mike) Hamukwaya (1977, Onjango – Zambia). Michael lives in Windhoek. He is trained Orthopeadian and National Coach of the Paralympic Team of Namibia. He proudly presents 11 qualifiers for Rio 2016, the biggest ever Namibia team. Mike was the first black student awarded “Sportsman of the Year” at Namibia German Higher School Swakopmund. He has a diploma in Managing Sport (Olympic Solidarity) and currently honours in Physical Education at the University of Namibia. After Angola Primary school and Cuba International Sport School, Mike had Technical training at Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology (NIMT) and a certificate in Orthopedic Technology, Tanzania.

Employment

  • National Coach, Paralympic Sport and Team, Sports Commission Namibia (2004 – today)
  • Orthopedic Assistant, Oshakati State Hospital, Oshakati

Achievements

  • Member of National Volleyball Team
  • First National Coach for Paralympics Namibia
  • Brazzaville 2015: 5 Gold medals in All Africa Games (sprint men various categories)
  • London 2012: First Gold Medal for Team Namibia (200m women)
  • Peking 2008: First (bronze) Medal for Namibia Team (discus F36)
  • National Coach of the years 2012 and 2014

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