WALVIS BAY: Walvis Bay mayor Derek Klazen on Thursday proclaimed that a street in this town will be named after Namibia’s first-ever gold and silver Paralympics’ medalist, Johanna Benson.
Klazen announced this during a welcoming ceremony here on Thursday for the star athlete who hails from this harbour town.
Upon Benson’s arrival, the streets of the town were filled with residents honouring her on her recent achievements.
Klazen extended a warm welcome to Benson, who with dedication, placed Namibia and the town of Walvis Bay on the international map after winning gold in the women’s T37 200 metres (m) and a silver medal in the women’s T37 100m finals at the recently-concluded Paralympics Games held in London.
“On this day, we acknowledge just how much the good deed from one of our own can instill joy in our hearts and make our country and city an envy of all. Today is therefore a day for celebration!” he said.
The mayor said Benson’s selfless sacrifice in the service of making Namibia proud will not go unnoticed.
“You have inspired all of us in believing that everything is possible when enthusiasm and a fuel for doing more is present, and all will naturally fall into place,” Klazen stated.
The mayor further extended a welcome to all Paralympians who suitably represented Walvis Bay and Namibia.
Klazen added that he looks forward to witnessing many more success stories, such as that of Benson’s, in a variety of fields from the residents of the town.