Female wrestler continues to win medals

MANY consider her the most outstanding female wrestler the country has ever produced, and it is no surprise that Ester Abraham continues to fly the national flag on the international stage.

This year, she made history by becoming the first Namibian wrestler to win a medal at the African Games. She won a bronze medal in Accra, Ghana, at the games held from 08 March to 23 March.

After winning the bronze medal in Accra, she shifted to Alexander, Egypt, for the African Wrestling Championship, which was held from 14 March to 19 March as part of the Olympic qualifiers, despite not making it for a place in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games that are scheduled for Paris, France from July to August, she came back home with a silver medal.

Her journey to Alexander came immediately after the wrestling competition, which had ended a week before the closing ceremony of the African Games.

Her wrestling journey goes down to the hard work she has been putting in under her trainer, Luis Forcello Paz, who has been like a father figure to her, and today, the two have an unbreakable bond.

Just a few days a week, more medals came calling for her after winning three gold medals at the South Africa Central Gauteng Winter Open Wrestling Championship.

Despite her success, she still needs a personal sponsor to compete internationally.

“This year, I can say it has been or is the best moment in my wrestling career as I am just winning medals, and I want it to continue this way because of the hard work I continue to put in the training, but credit needs to go to my trainer that has been pushing me since day one.

I wrestled in the 62 kg junior and senior categories in South Africa. I am very excited to once again achieve three gold medals. I am looking forward to getting a sponsorship this year,” said Abraham.

Just like any kid growing up and doing sports codes like wrestling, Abraham is no different from many other athletes who dream of one day competing at the Olympic Games or at the Commonwealth Games, but that comes with hard work and dedication.

She must undergo a high-performance centre before competing at the Olympic or Commonwealth Games.

She trains at the After School Center in Grysblock, Katutura, Windhoek.

When she is not wrestling, you will always find her watching the FNB Women’s Super League (WSL) as some friends play in the FNB WSL for Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Babes.

Her idol remains Romeo Goliath, another top wrestler who has also achieved greater heights for the country in the last few years.

“My aim for the next eight years, is that I want to achieve a medal at the Commonwealth Games and to qualify to the Olympic Games, in order to achieve those goals, I will need to get preparations at a high-performance center. My results have improved whenever I trained in different countries throughout last year and the beginning of this year. I still have to compete in some upcoming competitions, but the time and date are yet to be confirmed. I have been searching for a sponsor but till today nothing has come forth,” said Abraham.