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WORLD’S BEST GOLFERS WITH A DISABILITY TO COMPETE IN THE ISPS HANDA DISABLED GOLF CUP

30 October 2018

Six Australia representatives will take on the world at ‘Metro’ Melbourne, Victoria, AUS – Twelve of the world’s leading golfers with a disability from seven different countries will compete in the ISPS HANDA Disabled Golf Cup, which will be contested 23-24 November immediately following second and third-round play of the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup...

KZN sports stars up for national awards

30 October 2018

While the excitement of winning at the 2018 KZN Sport Awards has barely diminished, the names of 19 hopefuls have been submitted for nomination in the prestigious South African Sport Awards (SASA) to take place in November. The South African Sport Awards is a “winning nation programme” initiated in 2004 by Department of Sport and...

Disabled prove very able

30 October 2018

On Saturday, 8 September, Team IS Ability, in partnership with the Makhado Municipality, hosted a day filled with events for abled and disabled competitors of all ages at the Louis Trichardt High School sports grounds. The day was filled with activities, the first of which was when Vhutuhawe Nemutandani (9), who is currently a pupil...

5 friends take on the Comrades Marathon for little girl with Cerebral Palsy

26 July 2018

The friends from Johannesburg and Durban were inspired by the ethos of the 90 km ultramarathon, affectionately known as the ‘ultimate human race’ which took place on the 10th of June 2018. “We started to realize that the Comrades Marathon is genuinely about the human spirit and how people are pushed to do more than they believe is...

Amputee Runner Completes Comrades Marathon with Crutches

26 July 2018

The Comrades Marathon—a 56-mile ultra in South Africa that is held every June—is one of the toughest races in the world, and one man completed it on crutches Sunday when he couldn’t use his running blade. Xolani Luvuno, 33, was fi ve hours into the race when the rest of the fi eld started at 5:30 a.m. He...

MONTJANE MOVES TO 6TH IN WORLD RANKINGS

26 July 2018

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa. – South Africa’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane has moved up two places to 6th position in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings released on Monday. The 32-year-old Montjane had an incredible run on her debut at Wimbledon last week, where she made it to the semi-fi nal before losing to...

Marcel Hug wins 2018 Laureus Award

12 April 2018

Swiss wheelchair racer recognised for London 2017 and Marathon Majors achievements Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug won the prestigious 2018 Laureus World Sports Award in the category World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, during a glittering ceremony on Tuesday (27 February) in Monaco. The accolade is given to the person who best demonstrates excellent athletic achievement and...

SADGA opens Golf Facility for Pretoria School

12 April 2018

The South African Disabled Golfers’ Association (SADGA) assisted the Pretoria School for the Cerebral Palsied to open an indoor modified golf facility recently. At the opening, the learners were treated to a road show with the different stations focusing on therapeutic exercise while teaching them the basic life skills that golf brings through the animal drawings on the...

SA’s Paralympic champs feel on par with able-bodied stars in Gold Coast

12 April 2018

Three of SA’s Paralympic champions feel like they are on par with their able-bodied comrades at the Commonwealth Games‚ sporting a record number of disabled events. Reinhardt Hamman‚ the javelin-thrower who’s competing in shot put in Gold Coast‚ and sprinters Charl du Toit and Dyan Buis all have cerebral palsy. The Games don’t offer the full array of disabled...

EVANS MARIPA LOSES EPIC BOLTON INDOOR FINAL IN BRITAIN

2 March 2018

Monday, 26 February 2018, Bolton, Great Britain. – South Africa’s leading men’s wheelchair tennis player Evans Maripa fought like a lion in the Bolton Indoor final against former world number 1 Joachim Gerard from Belgium on Saturday. The Limpopo-born star who reached the final in Bolton without dropping a set, saw his hopes of a first Bolton Indoor...

RIDE FOR SIGHT

2 March 2018

To the 5000 plus cyclists who rode the Dis-Chem Ride for Sight on Sunday 18th February and their generous donations, the Donation Draw raised R39 920.00 and this amount was matched by the Dis-Chem Foundation resulting in a great total of R79 840.00. These funds will help needy families to pay for genetic testing to ensure their...

A Call for Support: No Limits. Just Life!

20 February 2018

The Adaptive Sports Fund (ASF) runs various out-reach programs for people with disabilities living in South Africa. They believe that having adaptive sporting equipment easily available will allow people with mobility impairments the opportunity to experience the true satisfaction that all sport has to offer. ASF believes that participation in sport is not only essential because it increases...

Her Majesty the Queen recognises South African volunteer with Commonwealth Point of Light award

20 February 2018

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 7th February 2018, recognised Marlene Le Roux, of South Africa as the 5th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service promoting disability rights in South Africa. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty the Queen –...

Mohlakeng teen makes name for himself in the wheelchair tennis world

20 February 2018

Young Mpho Mhlongo from Mohlakeng says wheelchair tennis changed his life. South African wheelchair tennis junior champion Mpho Mhlongo, 16, from Mohlakeng said wheelchair tennis changed his life. Mpho competed in his fi rst-ever international tournament in France last month. He represented his country at the recent Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, together with world number four junior...

Maripa joins Wheelchair Tennis’ World Top 12

8 November 2017

By Prince Jacon When talking about tennis players, you’ll most likely focus only on the non-disabled stars, forgetting that there are awesome players with disabilities in the game. One of them is South Africa’s Evans Maripa who was born with congenital amputation but has risen to the top as the number one men’s wheelchair tennis...

Combrink aims to climb the athletics ladder

8 November 2017

JOHANNESBURG – It’s that time of the year where athletes are being recognised for their achievements in the sporting World. Big names like Caster Semenya, Wyde van Niekerk and Luvo Manyonga are being celebrated after being nominated for the World Athlete of the Year Award. With all the celebrations happening let us not overlook athletes...

Cheruto, Agufana Anouk set for Africa tourney in Morocco

4 September 2017

By WILLIAM NJUGUNA, The Star, Kenya Kenya will be represented by Cynthia Cheruto, Nicole Agufana and Anouk Vandevelde in the Africa Team Cup tennis Under-12 tournament slated for October in Morocco. The trio, who are coached by Veronica Osogo, will face top players from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and hosts Morocco among...

Adaptive Action Sports Are You Up For The Challenge?

4 September 2017

Adaptive Action Athletes are innovative and courageous athletes who are constantly reforming and changing perceptions around disabilities. By finding different ways to adapt to their circumstances they are able to redefine the word impossible. Action sports require balance, coordination, and movement as key components for performance. These key components are particularly challenging for people with...

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa Looking Ahead to Empower More Girls

4 September 2017

National Women’s month is upon us and Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) General Manager, Karen Losch said the Federation’s efforts to empower young, disabled girls through the sport in the country remains their priority and is very much ongoing. Losch said looking back at some of the female athletes who were introduced to wheelchair tennis...

The Miracle Coach

4 September 2017

Sipho Zono is a 43-year-old soccer coach from Sutterheim, a small town in the Eastern Cape. He uses crutches for mobility and his body seems to be locked in certain angles from a mysterious illness that hit him when he was a teenager. In 1997 while doing Grade 11, Zono got sick from a mysterious...

The miracle coach

12 July 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo Sipho Zono is a 43-year-old soccer coach from Sutterheim, a small town in the Eastern Cape. He uses crutches for mobility and his body seems to be locked in certain angles from a mysterious illness that hit him when he was a teenager. In 1997 while doing Grade 11, Zono got sick...

London 2017 World Para Athletics World Championships Team

12 July 2017

It is with great pleasure we announce the team that will represent South Africa at the London2017 World Para Athletics Championships from the 14th – 23rd July. The Athletics team will see all the Rio2016 medallist back in the line up and ready to compete in the Green and Gold. The team will also see...

Basketball star clinches us scholarship

12 July 2017

By GIFT NDOLWANE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – South African wheelchair basketball star, Steven Walgenbach, has soared above physical disability by securing a lucrative scholarship in the United States. The Limpopo-born Paralympian (19) who captains the Under 23 national side, has clinched a deal with the University of Texas where beginning August, he will juggle between computer science...

COMRADES 2017 conquered!

12 July 2017

On 04 June Jean Altomari from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became the first self-propelled wheelchair athlete to complete the Comrades Marathon and did so in an impressive 10 Hours and 16 Minutes. Seven years ago Jean was in a motor vehicle accident and as a result is now a paraplegic and wheelchair user. Her love for sports soon led her...

Retired basketball player has passion for nurturing young talent

11 May 2017

Kwenza Dlamini’s passion for wheelchair basketball made him to be committed to nurturing young wheelchair basketball players with disabilities at the Pretoria West Pilditch Stadium on Mondays and Wednesdays. Two of the players he is mentoring are Warren Tefo and Ronald Nkomo- born in Tembisa and Johannesburg respectively. Nkomo, 21, started playing wheelchair basketball in 2012...

SITHOLE regains SA Open title

11 May 2017

Friday, 14 April 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa. – South African wheelchair tennis ace Lucas Sithole accomplished his mission to keep the SA Open trophy in the country by beating Israel’s Itay Erenlib 6-2, 6-4 in the quads final at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium. The match was postponed from the previous day because of persistent rain. And with Sithole...

Skhosana produces best all-round performance at Junior Masters

28 February 2017

South African top wheelchair tennis junior Alwande Skhosana returned home from the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in France on Tuesday last week bubbling with confidence after finishing on a high at the prestigious junior event. Skhosana did the country proud as he made it up to semi-final stage in Tarbes losing 7-5 6-1 to Rubén...

Maripa upsets world no.11 To reach quarter-finals in Rotterdam

28 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands. – South Africa’s top male wheelchair tennis player, Evans Maripa, produced a master-class performance upsetting the world number 11 Tom Egberink from the Netherlands to reach the quarter-final round of the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday...

Schwarzenegger returns for Arnold Classic Africa

28 February 2017

Following the launch of a successful inaugural edition last year, Hollywood star and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back in South Africa in 2017, as his globally successful Arnold Classic series returns to Johannesburg between 5-7 May. Increasing the number of codes on the schedule to more than 50 at this year’s multi-sport festival,...

Wheelchair basketball distracts from war

28 February 2017

A wheelchair basketball player receives the ball from a teammate, at a tournament following a two-week training session run by coach Jess Markt from Colorado, in Juba, South Sudan. JUBA, South Sudan – Warnings of possible genocide hang over the world’s youngest nation, but here on a basketball court under a fi erce morning sun, South...