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Agnes Samaria becomes Goodwill Ambassador.

Namibia's 800--metres Commonwealth bronze medalist Agnes Samaria, together with former sprinting ace Frank Fredericks, were made Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors in Namibia in September. The two were honoured by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) representative, Khin-Sandi Lwin, at a special athletic event where both athletes pledged to support the efforts of the Namibian Government to improve the situation of women and children.

Lwin said Goodwill Ambassadors are people who are well-known public figures with a social conscience and a commitment to public service, and Unicef was honoured that Fredericks and Samaria were interested in and committed to the same causes.

She further said that Samaria and Fredericks were solid citizens and well known, especially among the young people who looked at them as role models.

"They have other traits in common that we hope the children will emulate: a sense of mission in life and the drive to achieve their goals," she said.

She said both athletes had proved to be good ambassadors for Namibia on the track, had taken control of their lives and knew that hard work and staying on track would get them where they wanted to go.

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She said Fredericks, as a family man, represented the model of a good father and husband and the message he conveyed to boys and young men in Namibia would have the weight of the strong character he personified.

"Samaria is still single and closer to the age of young girls who look up to her, and her message to them will certainly get heard--'that with the right effort and belief in themselves, they can do anything and achieve great heights."

Source: Corry Ihuhua, The Namibian, 28 September 2005
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