SPORTS @ WIS
WIS FISH EAGLES SPORTS TEAMS
We encourage but do not require all students to be a part of a WIS sports team. Our priorities for sport at WIS are to be physically active, to build up teamwork, and to practice good sportsmanship. Whether we win or lose is not as important as how we play our games and ignite a positive sense of school spirit.
WIS participates in local leagues within Windhoek for Netball, Soccer, Basketball, and Volleyball. These seasons run from March through to October. WIS Sports Team Preseason practices start from February and run into November. Practices take place from Mondays to Thursdays. League matches usually take place on Fridays and Saturdays. There are occasional weekday games as well.
Athletics (Track and Field) are a seasonal sport which runs from January through March.
WIS also participates in the Southern African International Schools Association sports league.
Some students choose to join local club teams. These teams typically practice three to four times per week. The club team leagues operate in a more competitive environment than the school leagues.
WIS participates in the NSSU League (girls only). Our teams are:
Netball Development Team (ages 7-11)
Netball U13s (ages 11 to 13)
Netball U14s (ages 13 to 14)
Netball U15s (ages 14 to 15)
Netball U16s (ages 15 to 16)
WIS participates in the Maize Schools Soccer League. Our teams are:
Soccer U7s (co-ed)
Soccer U8s (co-ed)
Soccer U9s (co-ed)
Soccer U11s (co-ed)
Soccer U13s (co-ed)
Soccer U15s (co-ed)
Soccer U17s (boys only)
WIS participates in the Windhoek Basketball School League. Our teams are:
Basketball Development Team (Co-ed, students ages 6-11)
Basketball U14s (ages 11-14 boys)
Basketball U14s (ages 11-14 girls)
Basketball U16s (ages 14-16 boys)
Basketball U16s (ages 14-16 girls)
Basketball U19s (ages 16-19 boys)
Basketball U19s (ages 16-19 girls - starting 2024-25)
WIS participates in the Windhoek Volleyball Schools League and the Namibia Volleyball for All Tournament each February.
Volleyball Development Team (ages 11-13 co-ed)
Volleyball Boys Team (ages 14-19)
Volleyball Girls Team (ages 14-19)
ATHLETICS AND RUNNING
This season runs from the end of November through to February, with Regionals taking place in March and Nationals in April.
Inter-House Competition (all students represent their school house in early February)
Zone A Meet (top WIS students compete for Zone A Khomas in mid-February)
Regionals (qualifying students compete in early March)
Nationals (qualifying students compete in early April)
Additionally, WIS students and staff often participate in the many weekend running, cycling, and triathlon events that occur in Namibia throughout the year:
Although there is no swimming pool on WIS campus, the school partners with local swim clubs to assist in training WIS swimmers.
Inter-House Gala (September)
Pupkewitz Gala (October)
SAISA Swimming Tour (December)
SPORTS TEAM TOURS
Windhoek International School is a founding member of the Southern Africa International Schools Association (SAISA) sporting league which currently involves pan-African sports tours for swimming, basketball, and soccer. There are occasions when teams may be invited to tournaments in and around Southern Africa. These tours are optional, and specific teams, often separate to league teams, are selected on the basis of trials. The entry costs to these tournaments are covered by the school; however, travel costs (including airfare, hotels, bussing and visas when applicable) are for each family’s individual account. When possible and appropriate, SAISA and most of the invitational tours operate on a homestay accommodation basis when groups of students house with students of the same age and gender from the host school. This means that participating WIS students are required to do and reciprocate homestays.
Founding SAISA member schools
1. Windhoek International School (WIS, Namibia)
2. American International School of Cape Town (AISCT, South Africa)
3. International School of Lusaka (ISL, Zambia)
4. Luanda International School (LIS, Angola)
5. The American International School of Kinshasa (TASOK, DRC)
6. American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ, South Africa)
For more information, please contact the Head of Sports and Activities, Mr. Jako Fourie at email@example.com