It was launched on Wednesday by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and is the first official website of the NPCN.
The new website follows the great success Namibia had at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where star sprinter Johanna Benson, nearly single-handedly enhanced the nation’s Paralympic fan base by winning gold in the 200m T37 sprint and silver in the 100m T37 race.
A media statement issued by Around the Rings on Wednesday, a body which provides news from the Olympic movement and is based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America (USA), said everything with regards to the growth of the Paralympic movement in Namibia can be found on the new website, from the elite-level athletes taking part in the Paralympic Games and All-Africa Games to development at grassroots’ level.
It contains news, biographies, images and videos, as well as information relating to anti-doping, classification and the Paralympic Games.
The website launch is part of the IPC’s overall digital strategy to develop a greater online presence for its members over the coming years, and this is the fourth of many websites the IPC has produced over the past year.
The Secretary-General of the NPCN, Penandino Kandji, was quoted as saying that over history, the organisation has become one of Namibia’s prominent sporting giants involving people with physical as well as visual impairments.
“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,” she beamed.
According to Kandji, the next major challenge for the NPCN 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 impairments.
IPC Director of Media and Communications, Craig Spence, was quoted as saying that following Benson’s gold medal at London 2012, interest in the Paralympic movement has grown to newfound levels in Namibia.
“To capitalise on this, we have developed a website for NPC Namibia that gives visitors all they need to know about para-sport in the country,” he noted.
The Paralympic movement in Namibia has already grown immensely since the Organisation for Sport for People with a Physical Disability was launched here in the early 1980s.
The NPCN was officially founded in 2003, and was recognised as a member nation by the IPC in 2007.