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ZONE VI - Walvisbay 2011
Zone 6 2011 – report
DATES: Zone 6 participants arrived from the 5th December 2011 and the last delegation departed on the 11th December 2011.
OTHER ISSUES AND SUGGESTIONS:
Accommodation: The guests were in general satisfied with the accommodation at the Lagoon Chalets.
Transport: The transport to and from the airport and between training facilities, competition venue and accommodation was made extremely difficult as the Sport Commission did not send their bus and last minute arrangements had to be made with Narraville school and Erich Kesslau. These two smaller busses did not always accommodate all and sometimes some of the athletes accompanied the Zimbabwean Team on their own bus.
Food: Monja did the catering for the delegations at the Lagoon Chalets (breakfast and dinner) and Monika did the lunches for the delegation at the competition venue. Celeste organized the meals and teas etc. for all the judges and other officials during meetings etc. The meals were satisfactory to the visitors.
Accreditation: The procedure of accreditation is still not 100% correct and would a lot of the misunderstandings etc have been eliminated if each child were to receive his/her own accreditation card. It is imperative that each number (either for official or athlete) is only used once to eliminate confusion especially during meal times. During this process the numbers of arrivals and accounts could have also been controlled easier.
Air Namibia: South Africa has used Air Namibia for their flights and have had numerous problems with departure times, availability of booked seats and boarding passes. Dieter (team manager – SA) was put in contact with Air Namibia and they have sorted out most of the problems.
Medical facility: Dr Kesslau has been on standby for the complete duration of the competition. Other NGF council members (VD Kostin, R Profitt, J Kruger) with newly accredited First Aid Certificates, were also permanently on standby at the competition hall to ensure first aid support. It should be considered to have a designated and visible area where first aid would be available.
Team uniform – Namibia: It must be noted that Namibia did not all have the same tracksuits. This should be rectified as uniformity is a good portrayal of a team/country. The blue tracksuit was voted in as the Zone 6 tracksuit. The aerobics team should be considered as they are 100% supported by the NSSU and therefore wear the NSSU tracksuit. WAG & MAG did not comply with the blue tracksuits but had the red & blue tracksuits. The Namibian flags were also not on all the competition leotards as per competition rules.
• V Geldenhuys Venter – General organization of competition.
Coke-a-Cola National Gymnastics Championships 2011
This event was hosted in Walvis Bay at the Jan Wilken Sport Complex on Friday and Saturday, 28/29 October 2011.
In the Rhythmic gymnastics section several highlights were enjoyed by both the trampoline and rhythmic spectators when several groups of the younger gymnasts competed and displayed their routines.
Photo1: Winners Novice under 7 - Mia, Amor, Biandre and Maribeth
Photo 2: Winners Novice under 9 – Lucy, Lea, Clara and Malinda (Soned is not on this picture)
Photo 3: Winners Novice over 9. Windhoek Rhythmic Club Gold, Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club Silver, Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club bronze.
The competition was ended on a high note with the beautiful and very talented Nicole Bierbach performing her ball routine to be the overall winner of the senior section.
This competition also determined the following teams for NGF events for the remainder of 2011.
Zone 6 team:
In the Trampoline and Tumbling Section all the spectators were kept on the edge of their seats as they watched the gymnasts do extremely daring elements in mid-air during the Eurotramp routines.
The Tumbling and Double Mini as well as the Mini trampoline competitions were completed during the course of these two day and it is more that evident that the athletes have improved greatly.
Morihei Anderson, another well know name in the gymnastics circles, participated in the tumbling competition – which is part of his preparation for his upcoming National Championships in the Men’s Artistic Competition.
As in the rhythmic gymnastics section the following teams were selected:
Junior Boys: Trampoline – Vaughn Ahrens, Tuyeni Haufiku, Daniel Pfeifer, Lance Potgieter (reserve Fabian Pfeifer)
Junior Boys: DMT – Tuyeni Haufiku, Daniel Pfeifer, Chrstiaan Cilliers, Fabian Pfeifer (reserves Nicolei Pfeifer, Lance Potgieter)
TOP 6 Competition
Upcoming “New Star” TOP 6 Competition and the NGF Sport Awards – 12 November 2011 at the Jan Wilken Sport Complex – Walvis Bay. All gymnastics lovers and supporters are invited to this prestigious showcase of Namibia’s best in gymnastics. The Woman’s and Men’s artistic gymnastics team will only be announce after their National championships this coming weekend.
18.10.2011 - as placed in the Namibian Newspaper
Sport Awards nominees named
THE 2011 Namibia Sport Awards were launched on Monday when the finalists for the various categories were announced at a press conference at the Namibia Sport Commission’s offices.
This year’s finalists are as follows:
Read what the other Newspapers wrote on the subject...
ZONE VI in Walvisbay - 1st week of December 2011 is happening soon.
Each and every Namibian Gymnasts and NGF Coach must be accredited to participate.
Please download the file below called NGF-accreditation.doc and complete the it and return it via email to Valereis Geldenhuys-Venter the NGF Secretary General - click here to link to her email.
Results for MAG and WAG 1st Qualifying Competition:
Photo: From left to right - coach Petra Thornburn (far left)Claudia Jaeger, Juliana Simonfi, Nadine Jaeger (red leotard), Dongina Risser, Samantha-Lee Gibbons (green leotard) Angela Lepeka and coach Shady Hisham seen here shortly after the trial competition in Windhoek.
Morihei Anderson, another well know name in the world of gymnastics will be accompanied by his coach Vesile Bogdan to the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) and is on a strict training program to ensure his best performance for Namibia. Photo to the right: Morihei Anderson
Two Senior Olympic gymnasts in the rhythmic gymnastics section are also preparing for the World Championships in Monplier, France, in September 2011. Nicole Bierbach and Anica Profitt are both well known in the Namibian Gymnastics circles. They will be joined by coaches Angelika Lepekah and Roumiana Kostin at this event. Two more gymnasts, Clair Barry and Bianka Trossbach would have joined Nicole and Anica to create the first Namibian senior team to represent Namibia at the WC. Unfortunately, due to several reasons, they will not join the group. Nicole is training at the SKW club in Windhoek and Anica is training at the Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club in Walvis Bay an average of 4 hours a day to ensure the highest possible standard during the WC.
Another Senior Olympic Gymnast, Robert Honiball with his coach Vesile Bogdan, will also go to the World Championships in Japan later in the year. Robert is presently training in South Africa, where he is also working. Robert has become well known after his gold medal at the 2010 African Championships and has thereafter proven his worth at the Commonwealth Games where he made the finals in various apparatus.
Photo: Robert Honibal on the rings
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE BURGER FAMILY:
The NGF Council has requested that all/any donations to assist this Burger Family from Otjiwarongo with medical and funeral expenses. This can be paid into the account listed to assist this family directly.
Please pay Donations into Account: African Championships -Account number 8002386075 -Bank Windhoek-Bank Code 481 772 -use the reference: BURGER
Brilliant Gymnastics National Championships
240 NGF registered gymnasts qualified to participate at the Coleman Transport National Artistic Gymnastics Championships on the 4th and 5th November 2011.
The team of qualified judges sat for hours on end ensuring that each athlete receives his or her deserved score.
The spectators were kept on edge as they watched the higher level gymnasts, such as Samantha-Lee Gibbons, Morihei Anderson (Youth Commonwealth participants) , Kira Bezuidenhoudt and Kabuba Massule (medalist at South African Games). An increase in the quality of performance is evident and it is surely a result of international training camps and also highly qualified international coaches, of which the Namibian Gymnastics Federation is very proud.
The efforts of the younger gymnasts, and the pure concentration to achieve the best possible routine, showed once again the enthusiasm with which these athletes are coached. Some of these gymnasts are now already under the magnifying glass to plan the possible future for these children in the gymnastics arena.
Careful panning is now on the table where the technical section heads are now determining the Top 6 teams and also the Zone 6 teams.
Level 1 – Kamaz Nechville
Level 2 – Emil Pitt
Level 3 – Lance Potgieter
Level 4 – Christo Berg
Level 5 – Andre Retief
Level 6 – Joseph Nawemab
Level 7 - Boys- no contestants
Level 8 – Werner Graupe
Level 9 – Martinus Burger
FIG Jun Olympic – Morihei Anderson
Photo of all the trophy winners at the Coleman National Gymnastics Championships for 2012 together with Mr. Oosthuizen of Coleman Transport.
Aerobics - Oct 2011
National Championship 2011
The Aerobics Nationals took place at Jan Möhr High School in Windhoek on the weekend of 21 and 22 October 2011. Aerobics is the first of all the NGF Sections to complete their Nationals in 2011.
NSSU sponsored T-shirts that were handed out to the athletes during the evening by Eileen Olivier. Each participating gymnast was registered by Ms Mariaan Böck.
The Judges were assisted by two line Judges: Ms Shannon Fisher and Mr. Ndjavera. Individual numbers was provided for easy identification and Mr Duiker generously sponsored lime green T-shirts to all the participants. A logo of NSSU was printed on the back.
Ms Eileen Olivier and Ms Mariaan Böck assisted with the team and program line-up
Mr Duiker financially assisted Osire Refugee’s Camp to participate in Aerobic Nationals.
The Nationals’ results are as follows:
FLOATING TROPHIES BEST SCHOOLS (first 3 places)
1ST PLACE -J.G V/D Watt Sescondary School Okahandja (Average Score – 9,85)
4th PLACE -Osire Schools (Average Score – 7,37)
The Zone VI team was selected on the merit of difficulty and results.
ZONE VI TEAM
2. PAIR JUNIOR
3. INDIVIDUAL JUNIOR
• PAIR JUNIOR
2. INDIVIDUAL JUNIOR
Choreography Course in Keetmanshoop
Mariaan Böck arranged for accommodation, music and meals. We were hosted in the Suiderlig School Hall. It is HUGE with excellent working air conditioning, high roof and I realised it has lots of potential for an Artistic Competition with a viewing bay and all artistic equipment. I was impressed by the discipline of Mariaan’s Team and her organising skills.
Jay-Pee worked relentlessly each day from 9am to 8pm. Although the athletes were exhausted at times they enjoyed his enthusiasm, quirks and positive coaching. He has a wonderful way of encouraging and challenging the athletes. His vast experience as a varied dance trainer, International AER Judge and Qualified Choreographer is considerable and aerobics immensely benefitted from his visit. He assisted the coach and athletes with various tips on grips, hand placing, lifts and general rule applications of the elements.
Daniel Bezuidenhout, President of Aerobics Section. recommend that Mr Jay-Pee Pelser should be contacted again in future to assist Aerobics Section with “polishing” and difficulty and choreography of routines. Daniel also propose that NGF should look into hosting an International Club competition to expose our gymnasts to more stressful competition conditions.
Our AER Zone VI team now need to put in extra training hours in the upcoming 6 weeks to perfect and work at the changes, and suggestions of Jay-Pee to ensure the winning of medals at the Zone VI Competition.
Zone VI- 2011- Walvisbay
71 Medals won at SA Games
CAPE TOWN – The Namibian Gymnastics Federation team won an amazing 71 medals at the bi-annual South African Games at the Veladrom, near Cape Town, recently.
The competition was the ultimate measurement of Namibian gymnasts’ worth in general and with the tremendous medals haul it is evident the standard of local gymnastics is not only up to standard but is on a rapid improvement.
The SA Games are the national championships of South Africa and serve as the highlight for South Africa, which attracted two of Australia’s best teams in the women’s artistic section participating in levels 9 and 10, which brings even more prestige to the championship.
One of the highlights for Namibia was the gold, silver and bronze medals in the artistic gymnastics women’s section.
Kira Bezuidenhoudt (gold on beam), Kabuba Masule (silver on beam) and Charlize van Zyl (bronze on beam) captured the first medals for artistic women’s gymnastics since Namibia’s independence.
Rhythmic gymnastics fielded a team of 28 gymnasts and won a combined 33 medals.
Namibia has also experienced huge success on the international scene with gymnasts such as Nicole Bierbach and Anica Profitt claiming medals at high-profile events, while they have also shared their knowledge and skill with fellow gymnasts locally.
Trampoline and tumbling has become a highly valued part of local gymnastics with gymnasts as young as eight years old winning gold.
The four youngsters were: Graham Cilliers (youngest – 2 gold medals), Ashlin Erasmus (8 years - 1 gold medal), Carane van Zyl (8 years - 1 gold and 1 bronze medal) and Christo Berg (8 years - 2 silver medals). What were supposed to be “mascots” became “medalists”.
The men’s artistic section had a smaller team of 9 participants who had to battle against the best of South Africa to win 1 bronze medal.
The men’s artistic gymnastics is a highly difficult discipline, where the boys need to master 6 apparatus such as the pommel horse, vault, floor exercise, parallel bars, high bar and rings.
An ecstatic president of NGF, Valereis Geldenhuys-Venter, said the upcoming Zone 6 Championships in December will doubtlessly be an event not to be missed as the best of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Mozambique will compete against each other.
“I know that Namibia is well prepared, looking at the results from the SA Games. We are surely going to keep our country proud!”
The Zone 6 Championships for gymnastics will be held at the Jan Wilken Sport Complex in Walvis Bay, in December this year.
Namibian Gymnastics Splash of Excellence
Valereis Geldenhuys Venter invited you - Public Event
Honiball mik na Londen 2012
EEN laaste kans wag op Namibië se nommer een mansgimnas, Robert Honiball.
Die kranige gimnas het Saterdag na Asië vertrek vir deelname aan die Wêreld Gimnastiekkampioenskap wat vanaf vandag tot 16 Oktober in Tokio, Japan plaasvind.
Die boorling van Namibië is die huidige Afrika-kampioen en wil graag op ’n hoogtepunt uit die stryd tree.
Honiball sê hy is tans honderd persent op dreef. “Hierdie is my grootste uitdaging tot op hede. Ek gaan myself ’n regverdige kans gee deur al ses apparate aan te durf. Met my nommer een aanhanger, my vrou Jackie, volstoom agter my kan ek die knoop deurhaak.”
Benewens Jackie as sy steunpilaar die afgelope paar jaar is daar ook ouma Hilletjie, ’n bekende in plaaslike sportkringe, wat deesdae die twee maande oue babatjie besig hou. Robert is ’n pa van twee dogters van wie die oudste binnekort haar tweede verjaardag vier.
“Ek is trots op my gesin en sal graag op 29-jarige ouderdom aan hulle wil wys dat pappa nog murg in sy pype het.”
Robert het onlangs saam met die Namibiese junior gimnastiekspan in Duitsland getoer en die geleentheid gebruik om voor te berei met Europa se voorste gimnastiekkenners.
“Ek gryp elke kans met albei hande om voor te berei nadat die gimnastiekprogram by die onlangse Afrika-spele in Mosambiek gekanselleer is. Dit sou ’n goeie geleentheid wees om die bestes op die vasteland te pak en te sien wie die manne is wat dopgehou moet word.”
Robert word na Tokio vergesel deur sy afrigter Ulrich Schoeman, wat op 28-jarige ouderdom self ’n terugkeer tot die sport oorweeg. Schoeman moes noodgedwonge die plek van Vasile Bogdan inneem wat in Windhoek langs die siekbed van sy vrou Juliana Simonfi moet bly.
Die koerant was saam met Robert by die hospitaal waar die Roemeens-gebore egpaar, beide ervare afrigters, aan Robert gesê het: “Jy kan dit doen, jy het die talent om nommer een in Afrika te wees. Ons ken jou soos ’n eie seun sedert ons 20 jaar gelede in Namibië aangekom het. Gaan haal daai goue medalje, ou seun!”
Robert sal sy vernuf in die ringe, spronge, rekstok, brug, beulperd en vloer ten toon stel.
Update from NGF President Valereis Geldenhuys-Venter...
Dear Members, 22 Sept 2011
Thank you to Excelsior Gymnastic Club for hosting a successful 1st NGF Qualifying MAG and WAG Championships in Windhoek the weekend of the 12 and 13th September. Thank you for making NGF proud Mr and Mrs van der Westhuizen and the WAG and MAG committee under the leadership of Ms D. Risser and Mr V. Bogdan. Thank you Bank Windhoek for your amazing support during this Championships!
For those not aware, Juliana Simonfi our NGF National Technical Director is very seriously ill and in the Catholic Hospital in Windhoek. We pray for your speedy recovery and wish you all God’s Grace.
Thank you to Trampoline and Tumbling for hosting and excellent NGF Qualifying Championships at Walvis Bay Gymnastic Club the 16th and 17th September Thank you for all who made this such a great success. Thank you especially to the organizing committee from WBGC, Mr Johan Kruger and Vesko Kostin.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish Walvis Bay Gymnastic Club all the best this coming weekend as they are hosting the 2nd NGF WAG and MAG Qualifying Championships this weekend the 23rd and 24th September. Thank you to the organizing committee and parents of the WBGC.
Congratulations to Nicole Bierbach who is Competing at The World Championships in France at present trying to qualify for the Olympic Games in London 2012. NGF wishes you and Angela Lepekha all the best and NGF is very proud of you! Good luck for today the last day. Keep focussed! Your results thus far are super! Thank you to Air Namibia for assisting Nicole. This is sincerely appreciated.
Rhythmic World Championships- Qualifying Championships for the Olympic Games –London 2012
According to Meagan, her mother: She had a bit of a shaky day with Clubs yesterday but kept her composure and scored 20.550.
Let us all hold thumbs and keep her in our prayers! Good luck and well done Nicole and Angela and a great thank you to SKW!
AND even Greater: NGF is very proud:
Last night at the St Pauls College 2011 Prize-Giving Ceremony, in her absence, she was awarded the Ben Africa Trophy for top Academic Endeavour during her school career.
NGF and NGF Council
Valereis Geldenhuys Venter, NGF Council and NGF TC Directors
21 September 2011
Trampoline Nationals date to be adjusted.
This letter serves to confirm that the Trampoline and Tumbling Nationals will be moved to the weekend of 29th and 30th October 2011. Rhythmic was very accommodating to give us a helping hand to allow us to share that weekend the Hall with them.
My sincere appreciation for Rhythmic’s willingness to accommodate us in that weekend.
The date that was scheduled before (22nd and 23rd October) will not be possible as South Africa is hosting a FIG Training academy in Centurion, Pretoria from the 16th October 2011.
From Namibia the following 3 coaches are eligible to attend the course: Vesko Kostin, Alicia Kruger and Johan Kruger. The 3 coaches who are also judges will not be able to make it back in time to attend the Nationals on the scheduled date of the 22nd to 23rd October 2011.
I trust that the above will be received in good spirit. Should there be any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
Yours in gymnastics
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