Dongina Risser is passionate about gymnastics and has spent most of her adult life coaching and judging gymnastics on all levels, she started out teaching her own kids and carries on now with the grandchildren. The enthusiasm for gymnastics in Swakopmund has always been there, but proper equipment and adequate space have never been available. Dongina is about ready to retire from coaching, but before she goes, she wants to leave a lasting contribution to the sport she loves and provide future generations, of all economic backgrounds, with the best training facility in the country.
With this lofty goal in mind, Dongina pulled together friends and family who have the same passion for gymnastics and who would also like to make a difference in a meaningful and lasting way to create the Dongina Risser Gymnastics Foundation. Final paperwork to set up the Foundation as a trust was signed in early August 2010.