AHRENS Gaby < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA Namibia   
Gender Women
Born 15 Mar 1981 in Windhoek, NAM
Height1.69 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Windhoek, NAM
Occupation Business Owner, Manager
Languages Afrikaans, English, German
Higher education Business Administration, Marketing - IMM Institute: Johannesburg, RSA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began shooting at age 22 in Windhoek, Namibia. She entered her first competition in 2006.
Why this sport? She joined her father and brother on their weekend shooting trips.
Name of coach Hasso Ahrens [father], NAM, from 2012
Training Regime She trained at the shooting range four times a week in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. She also spent two hours a day at the gym.
Handedness Right eye, right hand
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for Namibia
Tournament African Championships
Location South Africa
General Interest
Nicknames Gabz (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hobbies Travelling, fitness. (Instagram profile, 11 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and claiming gold medals at the 2011 and 2015 African Championships. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2016; hitradio.com.na, 01 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career Her mentor Jurgen Hoffmann. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol South African politician Nelson Mandela, Italian shooter Jessica Rossi. (allafrica.com, 15 Feb 2013; Athlete, 23 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Be the best you can be, every single day." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours She was the flag bearer for Namibia at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (allafrica.com, 15 Feb 2013)

She was named the 2010 Namibian Sportswoman of the Year. (sun.com.na, 25 Jan 2012)
Famous relatives Her father and coach Hasso Ahrens is a former footballer and received the Namibian Sportsman of the Year award in 1976. He has also served as the president of the Namibia Shooting Union. Her brother Sven has represented Namibia in shooting. He was ranked seventh in double trap at the 1999 African Championships in Cairo, Egypt. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 May 2016; confidente.com.na, 03 Mar 2016; namibian.com.na, 03 Jun 2011, 01 Nov 2010; informante.web.na, 15 Mar 2007)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and then retire in order to focus on her business interests. (confidente.com.na, 03 Mar 2016; thevillager.com.na, 27 Apr 2015)
Other information FUNDRAISING
She assisted in raising more than 1,000,000 Namibian dollars towards building the Olympic Shooting Range in Windhoek, Namibia. (economist.com.na, 25 Mar 2012)