Ananias Shikongo

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Budget Crisis pulls Para-Athletes of the competitive track

Namibia’s world class Paralympic team was training hard to defend their titles on the world stage at the Para Athletics World Championship in London in July 2017. Only now they were informed that no funds for participation are available. The Paralympic medalist are left with the hope for sponsorships!

For Ananias Shikongo (Paralympic gold and bronze medallist), Johannes Nambala (Paralympic silver medalist and current World Champion) and Lahja Ishitile (Women’s African Record holder) the participation at the London World Championship is not only an opportunity to defend their titles and records, and to be rewarded for their daily efforts. The participation is also vital for their qualification for future international events such as the next Commonwealth Games, All African Games and the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Support our athletes

Facing the crisis the Namibian team has been cut to the bare minimum including

  • Three athletes: Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala and Lahja Ishitile
  • Two guide, for the blind athletes Shikongo and Ishitile (hopefully 1 extra covering different distances)

We do hope to have budget for support personnel from NPCN including National Coach and physiotherapist. But at least the athletes must be present at the World Championships!


Stronger together

If you are a company, we can help you with marketing support for your organization or some promotion at our athletes online channels in return. You are able to reach our Namibian and international crowd by Facebook and Twitter. For more information please call Paul Gschwender at +264 81 306 4351 or Elisa Ostet at +31 6148 11122. Or send us an e-mail.


Our athletes

Ananias Shikongo

T11 (totally blind)

Competitions: 100m, 200m, 400m
Ananias Shikongo is Africa’s fastest (T11) sprinter, gold medallist and Paralympic Record holder at Rio 2016. Ananias has big dreams and his next goal is to break the World Record. Watch Ananias winning his gold medal and setting the Paralympic Record at the Rio2016 Paralympics:


Johannes Nambala

T13 (severe visual impairment)

Competitions: 100m, 200m, 400m
Johannes Nambala is a two times silver medallist at Rio 2016. He is also the current World Champion in T13 400m. Johannes wants to deliver more medals in athletics for Namibia. Watch Johannes winning silver at the Rio2016 Paralympics!

Lahja Ishitile

T11 (totally blind)

Competitions: 200m, 400m

Lahja Ishitile is African Women’s 400m record holder. Her best achievement is a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2016 she also participated in the Paralympic Games of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. Watch Lahja running in the 100m semi-finals in Rio2016 Paralympics:

Budget plan

To make it possible to bring this group of athletes (Shikongo with guide and Nambala) we need around 15.000 euros. The funds will be invested as follow:

  • Transportation from Windhoek to London
  • Competition fee
  • Accommodation

About us

This fundraiser is started by our international team of voluntary supporters (clockwise): Taleen Kazandjian (nutrition), Even Tjiviju (guide), Johannes Nambala, Ananias Shikongo, David Ndeilenga (guide), Frank Gschwender (team member), Johannes Laufs (team member), Elisa Ostet (marketing manager), Hanganee Urorua (guide) & Paul Gschwender (sport manager). Michael Hamukwaya and Memory Khalari of NPC Namibia are missing in the picture.

For more information please call Paul Gschwender at +264 81 306 4351 or Elisa Ostet at +31 6148 11122. Or send us an e-mail.

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