Namasiku Van Der Linden, a 16-year-old swimmer based in Windhoek, has been recognized as Namibia's first para swimmer with Down Syndrome. She recently traveled to Aberdeen, Scotland for her classification.

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.

It is usually associated with mild to moderate intellectual disability and characteristic physical features.

Namasiku Van Der Linden, who was born with Down Syndrome, is registered as a swimmer at the Dolphins Swimming Club and will compete under the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization.

Van Der Linden will participate in swimming events both within Namibia and internationally

"I feel very happy and excited. I broke my record by a few seconds. Any kid with a different disability can swim; they should learn to swim faster so that they can also learn new things." Van Der Linden said.

Her coach, Monilla Smolley, has been delighted with her progress during her month-long training with the Dolphins Club.

Smolley says Van Der Linden surprised her with her performance during the training session after returning from Scotland.

"It's amazing that Namasiku went to Aberdeen to be classified; it's such a good thing. Now we can officially include her, knowing she can do well. She has been doing immensely great at training before she left, and her performance speaks for itself. She reached around two to three finals, I think, and improved her time again. I am extremely happy for her, and I am excited to see what the next chapter will bring. I hope she remains dedicated and motivated as she will go very far." Smolley said.

Smolley also informed NBC that Van der Linden's swimming timing has improved.

"At the moment, her 100m butterfly event is extremely strong. She surprised us with her performance in the butterfly stroke. Her mother was also pleasantly surprised by her achievement in the 200m freestyle. Namasiku excelled in Aberdeen, so I believe her 200m freestyle is also a strong event for her. We have high hopes for her future endeavors." Added.

Her coach describes Namasiku as a hard-working swimmer who is dedicated to achieving even more in the future.