February 8 - The National Paralympic Committee of Namibia (NPCN) now has an online presence as its official website was launched this week, just six months since the nation won its first Paralympic gold medal.
The new website, created by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), allows people to connect with the NPCN, which has experienced a considerable boost in fans since sprinter Johanna Benson won gold in the T37 200 metres and silver in the T37 100m at London 2012.
www.namparalympics.org contains everything connected to the growth of the Paralympic Movement in Namibia - from elite level athletes take part in the Paralympics and All Africa Games to development at the grassroots, and feature news, biographies, images and videos, as well as information relating to anti-doping, classification and the Paralympic Games.
"Over history, we have become one of Namibia's prominent sporting giants involving people with physical as well as visual impairments," Penandino Kandji, secretary general of the NPCN, said.
"This website will be the most wonderful tool to showcase the talents of our athletes and what our country can offer the sporting world.
"It will also help us motivate and attract future talents to join the Movement in our country, and it could not have been developed at a better time for our organisation."
The Paralympic Movement in Namibia has already grown significantly since the Organisation for Sport for People with a Physical Disability was launched there in the early 1980s and the NPCN, which was officially founded in 2003, was recognised as a member nation by the IPC in 2007.
"Following Johanna Benson's gold medal at London 2012, the interest in the Paralympic Movement has grown to new-found levels in Namibia," Craig Spence, the IPC's director of media and communications, explained.
"To capitalise on this we have developed a website for NPC Namibia that gives visitors all they need to know about Parasport in the country."
The nation's next major challenge will be to foster new talent for the Rio 2016 Games, as well as to set up regional events and introduce more sports in the country for athletes with an impairment.
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