Van der Linden earns Paralympic Swimming classification

By Michael Uugwanga

PARALYMPIANS have always been at the forefront of success when it comes to winning medals at big competitions, and there is a new name in the local paralympian family: Namasiku Van der Linden.

Van der Linden was recently in Scotland for the Citi Para Swimming World Series in Aberdeen to achieve paralympic status, which she did after a strong performance.

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She competed in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley (IM) S14 and set a personal best, which earned her paralympic classifications, allowing her to compete in International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events such as the Paralympic Games, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.

The 17-year-old Windhoek-born swimmer with an intellectual disability began swimming at Dolphins Swimming Club in Windhoek as a child.

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