The Namibian Paralympic Movement has been passively in existence since 1976 …

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WHO WE ARE

Namibia National Paralympic Committee officially became a member nation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1999. Namibia made its Paralympic Games début at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona. These were the first Summer Paralympics to be held since the country’s accession to independence from South Africa in 1990, and thus the first Games in which Namibia was able to take part. For its inaugural participation, the country sent just two athletes, both women, who both competed in discus, javelin and shot put.

They did not win any medals. Namibia was then absent from the Paralympics until 2004, when it entered a single representative in men’s powerlifting. It returned in 2008, with a single competitor, Reginald Benade, in men’s discus and shot put. Benade won Namibia’s first Paralympic medal; a Bronze in the Discus.

VISION

The NNPC’s vision is: “Providing and facilitating an enabling environment to achieve sporting excellence for Paralympic sport”.

MISSION

The NPCN’s mission is “To promote, support and facilitate Paralympic sport opportunities in Namibia through good governance, manpower development, management and lobbying for user-friendly Paralympic sporting facilities and provision of specialized equipment.”

MOTTO

The NNPC’s motto is “Promoting good health, professional sports career development and opportunities for all in Namibia.”

Our History

Franklin became involved with the establishment of a paraplegic unit at the Conradie hospital in Cape Town, South Africa in the 60’s. Later on he served on the South African Association for Disabled. The South African Disabled Association had many challenges as they had to convince the public that disabled athletes could also compete in Sports. During intervals at rugby and soccer matches they would host a quick meetings or demonstrations to create awareness. Hats how Newman grew with sport in South Africa. With his arrival in Namibia in the 80’s he made huge impact at the Katutura club for People with disability and was then the driving force of the Namibian Association for Paraplegic when he became the Chairman.

Namibia competed annually in the South African Games between 1976 and 1990. Newman managed to take a group of athletes to the 1990 World Games held in Elsberry, England where Namibia won several medals. After the Annual General meeting in Elsberry he successfully established the African Sports Association for the Disabled (ASCOD) in 1990.ASCOD organized the first All African Games for disabled in 1991 in Cairo Egypt. Franklin devoted his time to develop the sport and managed to establish close to ten clubs countrywide. He helped many athletes in Namibia to achieve excellence through the sport. Franklin met many people around the world and had the pleasure of sharing ideas with the founder of the sport for people with disability, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann.