Proudly South African
At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, Team SA performed brilliantly returning home in 7th place with 25 shiny medals: 9 Gold, 7 Silver and 9 Bronze.
B R O N Z E : Casper Schutte (Javelin), Arnu Fourie (200m), Pieter du Preez (100m), Michael Louwrens (Shotput), Fanie Lombaard (Shotputt), Ilse Hayes (200m), Zanele Situ (Javelin), Mncedi Khanti (1500m), Fanie van der Merwe (400m).
SILVER: Pieter du Preez (200m), Hilton Langenhoven (Long Jump), Jonathan Ntutu (100m), Fanie van der Merwe (100m, 200m), Oscar Pistorius (100m) , Anrune Liebenberg (400m).
GOLD: Teboho Mokgalagadi (100m, 200m), Ilse Hayes (100m, Long Jump), Oscar Pistorius (200m, 400m) , Hilton Langenhoven (Pentathlon), Fanie Lombaard (Discus) and the 4 x 100m Relay (Oscar Pistorius, Arnu Fourie, David Roos, Samkelo Radebe).
The list reads like a who's who of athletic greats - with many stars of the Athens and Beijing Paralympic Games. There are also a few new names to watch out for!
Thanks to the fantastic coverage organized by SASCOC with SuperSport we were able to watch the athletes in action and be overawed by their phenomenal achievements and unbelievable team spirit and camaraderie. We salute each and every member of the team - not just the medalists - as well as the coaches and officials who accompanied them, all of them members of SASAPD.
Elite athletes are role models for junior competitors and their presence at local meetings is vitally important. They will all be participating in the forthcoming NEDBANK National Champs For Physically Disabled presented by SASAPD, March 26 - 30 at Rustenburg with the swimming in Pretoria. This is in keeping with SASAPD's vision of hosting the championships in new areas and, hopefully, increasing awareness of sports for the disabled in those areas. Who knows - perhaps a new Oscar or Natalie will be discovered!
The 2011 Nedbank National Champs will include Athletics, Boccia, Cycling, Football 5 and 7 a-side, Goalball, Judo for the blind, Powerlifting and Swimming.