Ananias Shikongo

T11 (total blind)

Ananias Shikongo

Athletics - category T11 (total blind)

Shikongo is the first Namibian male athlete to win gold at the Paralympic Games. He also won two bronze medals in Rio2016.

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Even Tjiviju

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Sem Shimanda

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Background

 

Ananias Shikongo (1986) is Namibia’s and Africa’s sprint champion in 100m and 200m in T11 (totally blind). He made his personal dream of winning gold for Namibia in 200m at the Paralympics of Rio 2016 came true. He is competing against the world’s best from Europa, US and Latin America. Ananias needs to overcome the limitations of his support environment and to optimise his training and living conditions.

 

Ananias grew up in Okangolo, Oshikoto Region, northern Namibia, in a village not too far from the Angolan border. He lost his eyesight in tragic circumstances while being still a young boy. He went to special School in Ongwediva and Windhoek Technical High School.

 

Despite, or because of this tragedy, Ananias managed to become a great sportsman, a model athlete, the fastest African (blind) sprinter. His character and his courage allowed him to overcome and to reach incredible heights: Namibian champion, African champion, World Silver Medallist, Paralympic Record Holder.

At the Paralympics of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Ananias won a gold medal in the 200m with a Paralympic Record time of 22.44 seconds. He brought also two bronze medals in the 100m and 400m to Namibia. Now he is eager to break the world record!

Ananias made his achievements with little support and very limited resources. However, is next goals requires to optimize the environment that supports his personal and his athlete life:

  • enhance training efforts;
  • improve equipment;
  • support travel conditions;
  • optimise nutrition

All these aspects have room, and need, for improvement. Your support will help Ananias to optimize his preparations. Contact us for sponsoring opportunities. We will be happy to answer your questions directly.

Sport achievements

Watch Shikongo's golden race with guide Even Tjiviju at the Paralympic Games of Rio2016

Personal best

  • 100 m: 11,11 s
  • 200 m: 22,44 s
  • 400 m: 50,63 s

Best results

 

Paralympics 2016 (Rio de Janeiro):
Gold Medalist & Paralympic Recordholder 200m
Bronze Medalist & African Recordholder 100m
Bronze Medalist 400m

 

All African Games 2015 (Brazzaville): 
3 x Gold in 100m, 200m and 400m

 

IPC World Championship 2015 (Doha):
Silver Medalist 200m

 

IPC World Championship 2013 (Lyon):
Silver in 200m and Bronze in 100m

 

Holder of Hein Wagner Trophy 2012: Most Inspiring Disability Athlete of the Year

 

All African Games 2011 (Maputo):
Gold in 200m and Bronze in 400m

A bit more about Ananias

Aspirations

  • Break the 200m World Record
  • Professional career in Government Service
  • Establish a Trust Fund and support fellow sportswomen and –men (this is now the Sport on the Move Foundation!)

I Like

  • My son Isaac Proud Shikongo, born 25 July 2014
  • Training with able bodied athletes
  • Daily discipline / routine: getting up at 06:00 and to bed at 21:00
  • Attentively preparing my food for lunch
  • My spikes called Ekasha Letotongwe (=cheetah feet/pawn)

I Dislike

  • Alcohol and drunken people
  • Daily struggle for transport and commuting between home and sports complex

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    Updates about Ananias

    March 5

    Athletes receive sponsorship Adidas

    Athletes receive an amazing sponsorship from Adidas in their journey towards the Paralympic Games of Tokyo2020. The Sport on the Move foundation would like to thank Adidas for their great gift in support to our Namibian para-athletes.

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    August 9

    Visit to Nyenrode

    Not only sport: this week we visited Nyenrode Business Universiteit together with Mrs Cornélie van Waegeningh, our Honorary Consul of Namibia in the Netherlands

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    April 16

    Shikongo meets European entrepreneurs

    Ananias Shikongo met with a European business delegation visiting Namibia in Windhoek on 07 April 2019. Over a dinner at the Roof of Africa restaurant in Windhoek, Ananias shared his story with the visitors. They were impressed on what can be achieved against all odds: an experience they know themselves very well as entrepreneurs…

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    March 18

    Shikongo and Nambala visit Windhoek International School

    Ananias Shikongo and Johannes Nambala visited the Windhoek International School on Tuesday 12th of March. They got many questions from the learners about how it is to be visual impaired and what you have to do to win a gold medal.

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    February 26

    Shikongo gives back to NPC

    A number of athletes with disabilities will benefit from a donation of sports gear from the Netherlands to Paralympic gold medallist Ananias Shikongo’s Sport on the Move Foundation.

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    September 17

    Rio2016: Shikongo wins bronze again!

    Shikongo wins gold in the 200m event during the Paralympic Games of Rio2016!

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    September 15

    Rio2016: Shikongo wins Namibia’s first gold medal

    Shikongo wins gold in the 200m event during the Paralympic Games of Rio2016!

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    September 11

    Rio2016: Shikongo wins bronze in 100m event!

    Shikongo wins gold in the 200m event during the Paralympic Games of Rio2016!

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    December 30

    All African Games 2015

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