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High Commission Windhoek celebrates anniversary of London 2012

UK in Namibia and Brazil celebrate One Year Anniversary of the London 2012 Games & Kick-Off for the Rio 2016 Games

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Guests of Honour, Esther Kambala, Special Olympics, Dr. Veii, Director of Sports MYNSSC, Kwaito Artist Sunny Boy, Special Olympics Ambassador, H.E. Ms. Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, Brazilian Ambassador, H.E. Mrs. Marianne Young, British High Commissioner, Beuhla Beukes, Director of the British Council, Vivian Katjiongua, Chairperson Namibia Sports Commission, and Paul du Plessis, Principal of Dagbreek School

On Friday, 02 August, the British High Commission, the British Council, the Brazilian Embassy, the Ministry of Youth National Service, Sports and Culture, the Namibia Sport Commission, Special Olympics Namibia, and Dagbreek School celebrated the One Year Anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

At the event, the British High Commissioner, H.E. Mrs. Marianne Young, handed over an Olympic Torch to the Brazilian Ambassador, H.E. Ms. Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, highlighting the legacy of the 2012 London Games and introducing the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016.

Summing up the London 2012 Games, H.E. Mrs. Marianne Young, British High Commissioner to Namibia, highlighted: “London 2012 turned the Games into Gold. 2012 was an inspirational year and I sure we can all agree that the London 2012 Games were a success: for the world, for the UK and also for Namibia. Namibia won its first Gold Medal and the Games substantially raised the profile of disability sports around the world.”

The British High Commission, the British Council as well as the Brazilian Embassy handed over sports equipment to the Dagbreek School for Intellec. Impaired. The N$ 18.000 donation by the UK included a trampoline, cricket equipment and other sports gear. By donating equipment to Dagbreek, UK also wanted to highlight the importance the Special Olympics play.

At the event, Dr. Veii, Director of Sports, at the MYNSSC, highlighted the successes of the London 2012 Games. All speakers paid tribute to the exceptional work being done to increase support to disability sports and all praised in particular Namibia’s fantastic achievements in disability sports.

Special Olympics Ambassador Sunny Boy performed his hit “Balance” together with the pupils of the school.

Published 5 August 2013