By: STAFF REPORTER
NAMIBIAN swimmers made history at the South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled held in Pretoria recently.
Caitlin Jane Botha became the first junior female Paralympic swimmer from Namibia, while Karlien Coleman became the first senior female Paralympic swimmer of the country.
Botha, who is classified as a S6 swimmer, also set two Namibian junior women’s records.
She swam the 50m breaststroke in two minutes and two seconds and she followed it up with a 50m backstroke time of two minutes and 18 seconds.
Coleman, accompanied by her coach Christie Coleman, also set three Namibian records in the S6 senior category.
She now holds the 50m backstroke record with a time of one minute and 27 seconds, the 50m freestyle record of one minute and six seconds and the 100m freestyle record of two minutes and 36 seconds.
“Namibia should be proud. This is a great achievement from these two ladies. Well done!,” said fellow Paralympic swimmer Gideon ‘The Brave Swimmer’ Nasilowski, who also competed at the event.
Nasilowski competed in the 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke.
“Unfortunately in the 50m events I could not break the Namibian records I set in December 2012,” he said.
“I clocked almost the same times, only split seconds away from breaking the record.”
However, he improved the Namibian 100m breaststroke record by 43 seconds and achieved an A-Qualifying standard for World Championships set for