Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi "Namibia's sprinting stars of note".

Not knowing who they were and where they were from, a sudden explosion of these two teenager’s performances in the country and across the world. They have become the talk of the world. They are the youngest sprinters Namibia has ever produced with remarkable performances. Thanks to the leadership of the Kavango East Regional Namibia Schools Sports Union’s leadership who identified them through schools sport activities. Christine Katiku Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi both 18 years old from the Kavango East Region.

The Kavango East Regional Leadership cannot contain their exalts, full of joy and excitement. On the forefront is the Regional Governor Bonifatius Wakudumo.

“As the Regional Leadership we join the nation in congratulating our golden girls for their performance as they continue to fly the Namibian Flag high at the international arena including their qualification to the Olympic games in Tokyo – Japan”.

The Kavango East Regional Council sponsored them an amount of N$ 10 000 to each of them to assist them in their preparations for the Olympic games.

Christine Mboma, 18 year old girl from Shinyungwe Village in the Ndiyona Constituency and Beatrice Masilingi also 18 year – old from Rundu town’s Kehemu Location.

While schooling at Shinyungwe Secondary school, Christine Mboma developed keen interest in the following track items in 200, 800 and 1500 meters. In 2018, she was selected from their school to participate in the regional championships that took place in Rundu. From there she made it to form part of the regional team that participated at the first ever National Youth Games in Windhoek which was organised by the Sports Commission under the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service the same year.

It is at these games where she met Beatrice Masilingi who was a learner at Noordgrens Senior Secondary School in Rundu town.  Masilingi who is also 18 years old lives in Rundu’s Informal Settlement of Kehemu. Masilingi’s interest is in 100, 200 and 400 meters.

The duo was identified by the Kavango East Regional Team under the Namibia School Sports Union – NSSU under the leadership of Mr Paulus Mutangara.

At the National Youth Games they made it to the National Team that represented Namibia at the COSASA games which were held in Eswatini in 2019. The team was led by the National Coordinator for the Namibia School Sports Union – Mr Solly Duiker.

The Regional Leadership also established a technical committee to assist lobby for support and sponsorship towards the girls.

“In this regard, we have thus appointed a Technical Committee consisting of the following individuals: Mr Fanuel Kapapero as the Convener; Mr Paulus Mutangara – NSSU Former Regional Chairperson; Mrs Johanna Kimani –NSSU Regional Vice Chairperson; Erastus Someno – the Sports Officer; Poules Ngula Haingura – Media Officer; Mrs Veronica Thikusho; Mrs Luciana Haingura and Honourable Paulus Mbangu – Councillor for the Rundu Rural Constituency as an Ex Officio”.

The Regional Leadership expressed appreciation to their parents for allowing them to participate in sport. Wakudumo furthermore thanked the Government, particularly the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for their generous support that made it possible for these girls to unlock their talents.

“I will fail in my duty if I do not mention the Deputy Minister Honourable Emma Kantema-Gaomas and her team for their instrumental role in sourcing for the sports scholarships awarded to the girls. Finally we do not want to forget Mr Henk Botha, their coach and School Principal of the Agri-College in Grootfontein for his dedication to the course. The Kavango East Region is really indebted to you”, Wakudumo reiterated.

Sequence of their performance in 2020 and 2021

Source: http://worldatheltics.org/athletes/namibia/christine-mboma-14913394

Christine Mboma

 

Event

Date

Competition

Country

Type Nr.

Place

Result

200 Metres

09 SEP 2021

Weltklasse, Letzigrund, Zürich

Switzerland

F

1.

21.78

200 Metres

03 AUG 2021

The XXXII Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

Japan

F1

2.

21.81

200 Metres

21 AUG 2021

World Athletics U20 Championships, Nairobi

Kenya

F1

1.

21.84

200 Metres

03 SEP 2021

Allianz Memorial Van Damme, Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles

Belgium

F

1.

21.84

200 Metres

02 AUG 2021

The XXXII Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

Japan

SF2

2.

21.97

400 Metres

17 APR 2021

Namibian Ch., Independence Stadium, Windhoek

Namibia

F

1.

49.22

400 Metres

11 APR 2021

All Comers Meet, National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka

Zambia

F1

1.

49.24

200 Metres

14 SEP 2021

Memorial Borisa Hanžekovi?a, Sports Park Mladost, Zagreb

Croatia

F

1.

22.04

200 Metres

02 AUG 2021

The XXXII Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

Japan

H4

1.

22.11

200 Metres

18 SEP 2021

Kip Keino Classic, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi

Kenya

F

1.

22.39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Masilingi

Source. https://worldathletics.org/athletes/namibia/beatrice-masilingi-14873311

 

Event

Date

Competition

Country

Type Nr.

Place

Result

400 Metres

11 APR 2021

All Comers Meet, National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka

Zambia

 

F1

2.

49.53

200 Metres

21 AUG 2021

World Athletics U20 Championships, Nairobi

Kenya


F1

 

2.

22.18

200 Metres

20 AUG 2021

World Athletics U20 Championships, Nairobi

Kenya

 

SF2

1.

22.19

200 Metres

03 AUG 2021

The XXXII Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

Japan

 

F1

6.

22.28

400 Metres

17 APR 2021

Namibian Ch., Independence Stadium, Windhoek

Namibia

 

F

2.

50.05

200 Metres

02 AUG 2021

The XXXII Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

Japan

 

SF1

2.

22.40

400 Metres

12 DEC 2020

AGN League 5, Bestmed Tuks Stadium, Pretoria

South Africa

 

F2

1.

50.42

 

400 Metres

09 DEC 2020

AGN League 4, Bestmed Tuks Stadium, Pretoria

South Africa

F

1.

50.44

200 Metres

03 SEP 2021

Allianz Memorial Van Damme, Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles

Belgium

F

5.

22.50

200 Metres

04 JUL 2021

Bauhaus-Galan, Olympiastadion, Stockholm

Sweden

 

F

3.

22.65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship

The two national athletes have received numerous sponsorship since their hit at the Olympic games.

Here is a list of the known sponsorships by September 2021 and we apologise for any ommissions.

In the Kavango East Region through the technical committee which was established to lobby for support on behalf of the athletes and headed by the Education Director Mr Fanuel Kapapero:

  • businesses and individuals made cash donations amounting to N$52 470.
  • Each Regional Councillor sponsored a N$1000.00 towards their welcoming dinner held in their honour as they came home for holidays.
  • the Head Woman of Taratara village donated two bags of mahangu to the athletes.
  • Other sponsorships:
  • Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) offered two vouchers worth N$30 000 each to the athletes to visit any of their resorts in the country. NWR also gave a voucher worth N$15 000 to the athletes’ coach Mr Henk Botha to visit any of its facilities in the country.
  • MTC’s whooping sponsorship of N$2 million each for the next three years to cover will cover various needs including construction of houses to the value of N$300 000 each. The money will also be spent on construction, training, iPhones and allowances
  • Nictus Furnishers sponsored a queen-size Restonic Tranquilo bed to each of them.
  • Namcor – A brand new Toyota Fortuner and fuel needs
  • FlyWestair will provide them with free flights for two years
  • A year of paramedical services (sport massage therapy, muscle preparation and recovery), skincare, nutritional guidance, and prepared meals from Mekenificent Wellness and Spa
  • 12 months of flowers from Karibu Flowers
  • a year of Pasta Polana products
  • a year of sport, casual and evening wear by Luis Munana's luxury brand Zuriel,
  • free massages for a year from Yoni Day Spa amongst others.

Meanwhile Christine Mboma also received a certificate of recognition as the Regional Malaria ambassador for the Kavango East region. Her role is to advocate for resources and promote malaria prevention messages, as well as supporting malaria elimination initiatives in the region.