Tuesday, 24 March 2015

South Africa's very own para-athletes

The South African flag.

SA para-athletes


South Africans’ amazing para-athletes are set to be showing what they are made of at the Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled, in the city of Johannesburg. It begins on the 29th of March and continues through to the 2nd of April this year.

This eight day event which has been running since 1992 will showcase eight different sports such as; athletics, boccia, cycling, football, goalball, judo, powerlifting and swimming. 

It offers a perfect platform for both newcomers to sports for people with disabilities and the leading para-athlete stars.

South Africa is one of the leading nations in the world for disabled sports with a variety of talented athletes to be proud of. They are known to often bring home many medals which were won due to their immense talent, dedication and hard work.

South-African Para-athletes

Natalie du Toit.

Natalie Du Toit born in Cape Town, now a retired swimmer is well recognized for what she had accomplished during her competitive swimming years. Her left leg was amputated due to an injury caused in a scooter accident. She qualified as an amputee and took part in the 2008 Olympic Games which were held in Bejing that year.



Ersnt van Dyk.
Born in Ceres without both legs Ernst van Dyk went onto become one of South Africa’s well known para-athletes. He is a dedicated wheelchair and hand-cycling racer. Ernst has won the Boston Marathon, a highly respected wheelchair race, an impressive 9 times.

Fanie van der Merwe.

Fanie van der Merwe has cerebral palsy but has managed to become a track star. He is one of the country’s top para-athletes having won numerous gold medals.




The next Paralympics will take place in the exciting city of Rio in 2016.


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