Discus/shot-put prodigy going places
• By Michael Uugwanga
DISCUS thrower and shot put prodigy, Tuene Silver is making a big name for herself in the two sports she started in 2014 and today she has established herself as a top athlete in the two codes.
Silver was born in 2004 in Boksburg, South Africa and is a Grade 12 learner at Windhoek Gymnasium High School and is one of the lucky athletes to have the opportunity to be trained by renowned trainer Henk Botha, who is also coach of the two young Olympians, Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi.
This year has been one of Silver’s finest years since taking up the sports; notably her season best at University of Pretoria, when she finished in 10th position with a PB of 15.24m in shot put and another PB at the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) Khomas Regional Championships in discus with a throw of 64.80m.
Her achievements did not go unnoticed as she is one the few young athletes going to represent the country at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) from June 8 to 12 at Côte D’Or National Sports Complex in Mauritius.
Silver started competing in shot put when she was 10 and took up the sport of discus at 13.
“I was born in Boksburg, RSA, while my parents temporarily moved back to South Africa due to work commitments. I started when I was 10 years to compete in shot put, and I have enjoyed it ever since. Only when I was 12 years old, my coach, Christine Van Der Linde and Stefan Niehaus suggested that I give discus a try.
“I also trained week after week with Henk Botha in Grootfontein and weekends in Windhoek, with Van Der Linde and that was the start of the discus.
“I have always dreamed of being selected for a competition like this (CAA). I honestly believe that this is what every athlete dreams to do, work and train hours for on the track and field. This year is by far my year and I am so thankful for it,” she said.
Her biggest dream is to compete at the Olympics, notably the 2024 Olympic Games in France.
Silver is in good hands at her club Windhoek Gymnasium Athletics Club that continues to give her full support at any event she competes at.
“My dreams are big. I want to qualify for the Olympics in Paris 2024.
“I have been at Windhoek Gymnasium Athletics club since 2017. I met my coach, Christine Van Der Linde in 2016 at a training camp in Otjiwarongo. There are no words good enough to describe the huge role Der Linde is playing in my life. She knows me the best and also knows how to bring out the best in me.
“Then I am so privileged to train with two of SA’s best throw coaches, Pierre Blignaut and Eben Vermaas. They work together with Christine to evaluate my performance on a weekly basis and to help with training programmes,” said Silver.