Friday 14 May 2021
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Para-champ Shikongo on Physiotherapy course

The 2016 Rio Paralympic Champion Ananias Shikongo has taken on a part time crunch course in Physiotherapy with aims to better care for athletes prior and during major competitions.
Shikongo, who started the course in March this year at Nomad Institute in Windhoek with track friend Johannes Nambala and champion, said this venture is also aimed at getting him a part time income while excelling on the track.
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the lionhearted Namibian sprinter dominated international headlines when he scooped a gold medal in the men’s 200m T11 and two bronze medals in the 100m T11 race – in the process helping Namibia record her highest medal tally [five] at any Paralympic Games. Nambala won the other two silver medals.
“The struggles of an athlete are unending. We are put in the hands of so many physiotherapists and it is not all who do a good job. At times we do not get the best massages during competitions and it affects ones performance.
Now that I have been in good and bad hands, I feel I am in a better position to tell what athletes need,” said Shikongo.
The para-champ, who is due to receive his house sponsored by Standard Bank as a token of appreciation for his performance during the 2016 Rio Olympics on 13 August says the part time job will also help him pay monthly house bills.
“It is not easy having a house so if I am able to work closely with teams, I will surely be able to live off that salary and support my family.
It will not be easy paying for electricity for someone who does not have a full time job. For us [athletes], money only comes when you win a competition and that is never guaranteed,” said Shikongo.
The scarcity of professionals attached to the para-team is also another attraction to the career for Shikongo and Nambala.
“We as athletes suffer a lot because we only depend on one physiotherapist. Sometime, like recently when we went to Germany, they send the team off without a physio.
So I’m hoping I will help out the team.”
The one-year course will cost Nambala and Shikongo N$40 000 each. Nambala has a scholarship from the Frank Fredericks Foundation while Shikongo will be backed by the ‘Sport on the Move Foundation’ of which he is the founder.
“We wanted to do something that will keep us in sports even when we cannot run any longer.
This will help the upcoming athletes. Sometimes we go to these international competition and we hire physiotherapists from Cuba or Germany. So we want this to stop and have our own people,” said Nambala.

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