Student balances sport and studies

A second-year Bachelor of Geomatics student in the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, Eric Garbers (pictured left), secured the second place in a BMX racing competition at the South African National Age Group Series in Durban recently.

Garbers (21), is one of two riders chosen to represent the country by the Namibia Cycling Federation (NFC). In the SA National Age Group series, Garbers competed in the 17 and Over Novice Category and finished second out of eight riders.

Garbers says although he is passionate about sport, his mind is set on becoming a Land Surveyor. “It all depends on my class schedule, but mostly I attend classes in the mornings and ride my bike until sunset before I continue with my books in the evening. All it takes is practice and discipline,” he said.

In 2013, at the Durban BMX Getto Jam Competition, Garbers won Gold in the Amateur Division, and last year he also won Gold, but in the Experts Division.

Celeste Espach, the Head of the Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology Department, spoke highly of the athlete, saying it makes her proud to see students balancing their academic and sporting commitments.

Garbers has hopes that more cycling facilities will be constructed in Namibia, which will create a conducive environment for local athletes to train and compete at the Olympics.

BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle sport that is facilitated by a number of regional and international sanctioning bodies. The sport is gradually gaining momentum in Namibia with the first BMX Race Day, organised by NCF, having been held this year.

Date: 
Monday, November 14, 2016
for Month: 
November, 2016

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