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Icestockers to Germany

 (From left): Angrid Shimuafeni, Sanlam Namibia’s marketing and communications manager, Corne Harmse, secretary of the Icestock Association of Namibia, Detlef Pfeifer, president of the Icestock Association of Namibia, Hannah Schmidt, Natashia Cloete, Klause Schubert, vice president of the Icestock Association of Namibia, Wolfgang Grensing and Jessy Mweshipopya. (Photograph contributed)The Namibian Icestock team will compete in the 9th World Championship in Waldkraiburg, Germany between 5 and 11 March.
Icestock sport is a winter sport, mostly played in countries like Germany and Austria. Participants slide ice stocks over an ice surface, aiming for a specific target, or to cover the longest distance. Ice stocks have a gliding surface, to which a stick (ca 30 cm) is attached. Sanlam sponsored an amount of N$6000 which enabled the team to compete in the event. “Sanlam Namibia is proud to be a supporter of one of the smallest sports codes in the country. We believe that through our generous sponsorship, we are developing this sport-code as well as motivating our Namibian athletes to compete on an international level and put the country on the international map,” said Angrid Shimuafeni, marketing and communications manager of Sanlam Namibia.
Detlef Pfeifer, president of the Icestock Association of Namibia, said he was extremely grateful for Sanlam Namibia’s generous sponsorship. Icestock was first introduced in Namibia in 2004 and in the same year; the Namibian team gained international attention when they were invited to the 7th World Championships and Africa Championships in Graz, Austria. The team finished second in the Africa Championship, behind Kenya and Tunisia in the third place. In August 2007, the second Africa-Cup was hosted in Windhoek and Namibia won 22-00 against the Kenyan team. In the individual target shooting event, Tim Ngugi from Kenya won the African Singles title with Guenter Mattle and Detlef Pfeifer of Namibia in second and third positions respectively.

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