At the SASAPD (South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled) AGM in March, Isaac Shadung was confirmed as President with former President, Koos Englebrecht, becoming the Vice-President. Both had been in acting roles prior to the AGM and Isaac has dedicated his tenure to continuing the excellent work of his predecessor.

In May Paralympic medalists and sprint stars,Fanie van der Merwe and Jonathon Ntutu, joined Beijing triple gold medalist, Oscar Pistorius, and the new young queen of the track, Anrune Liebenberg, in Manchester for the seventh BT Paralympic World Cup for elite athletes.

Our athletes used this World Cup as preparation for London. Oscar managed a new personal best of 11.04 for gold in the 100m before slicing hisway through 400m to set a new world record of 47.28. Fanie took gold in his 100m race(11.80) and silver in the 200m(24.05), coming in behind his gold winning team mate Ntutu (23.33). A nail biting photo finish to the T13 100m saw Jonathan take silver (11.33). The team was well coached and managed by Ampie Louw.

We are delighted to advise that Emily Gray, SASAPD's Torch Bearer and Nedbank Brand Ambassador, is now on Twitter

Eleven countries competed at the International Bowls for Disabled (IBD) Championships at Pretoria during May: Australia, Korea, NewZealand, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Canada, Israel and SouthAfrica.The world championships are held every four years and South Africa successfully defended the team trophy (most medals won) for a third consecutive win.

Congratulations to: Tracey Smith, Tommy Smith, Dean Humter,Dot Roering, Wendy Brymer, Glynn Gailey, Michiel Kruger, Willie Schoeman,Dianne du Plessis, Desmond du Plessis, Garreth Slattery, DenisLaidley, Gwen Nel, Geoff Newcombe, Jaco van Straaten, Johann du Toit, MayHomer, Paul Homer, Flippie Walker, Duimpie van Vuuren, Princess Schroeder,Graham Ward, Herman Scholtz, Annatjie van Rooyen, Jennifer Lloyd, TrishDouglas, Eben Fourie, Annetjie Smit, Salome Morries, Anita van Zyl, Abe Crouse,Cathy Jennings, Theuns Fourie, Roger Hagerty, Glynn Thompson, Deon van derVyver, Wimpie Viljoen, Derrick Lobban, Brian Jarvis, Fred Sterrenberg, AnnatjieMeyer, Jill Pearson, Hanlie van der Westhuizen, Emma Kruger. The team managers were Brian Sneag and Cathy Donaldson.

There are four categories each for visual and physical classification allowing for fair and equitable competition at alllevels.

Stand-Up Cricket

Stand-Up cricket has only 80 registered players but this does not deter the organisers or players! Earlier this year the young cricketers went on tour as part of the plan to develop the sport as a national sporting code for the physically disabled.

In the 2010 Stand-Up school league Pretoria school beat Pretoria School, Filadelfia School, New Hope School and 2main-stream schools to the coveted title.

After watching Bell's Night of the Stars 2010 SA Sport Travel decided they wanted to support the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players' Fund. Their solution? A once in a lifetime rugby experience for two Players' Fund recipients and their care-givers: an all expenses paid, 10-day trip to Australia and New Zealand to watch two of theTri-Nations matches, do some sight seeing and meet with other Rugby fans with disabilities!

Getting applications and motivations was obviously no problem - the problem was trying to identify the winners! Say the organisers: "It has been a huge learning curve as far as understanding the difficulties with logistics associated with international travel for disabledclients."

Congratulations Victor and Ronel Delport and Elroy and Charles Riffel who will be flying high towards the end of July!

Kobus Engelbrecht

South Africans woke up on May 27thto the horrific news that 21-year-old Kobus Engelbrecht and his mum, Ina, had been strangled to death - allegedly by Kobus' father, Ben. As the news progressed it was revealed that Kobus had been injured whilst playing schools' rugby in 2007 resulting in C5/C6 quadriplegia. Heads started nodding and many people decided that the tragedy was a result of Ben's inability to cope withhis son's disability. There were also rumours of money problems.

At Rolling Inspiration we decidedt hat, whatever the cause, we had to try and prevent this sort of thing from happening again. First port of call was the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players' Fund offices. According to the general manager, Gail Ross, the Fund "provides assistance to catastrophically injured rugby players in South Africa"enabling them to remain productive and active members of society. This assistance takes many forms and depends on the needs of the injured player and their family. With disabling injuries, which are often life changing, mobility equipment is essential for encouraging a certain level of independence and is initially thebbiggest cost, once rehabilitation is complete. The Fund is able to provide such equipment as:

  • Powered and manual wheelchairs specific to the players needs, home environment andcircumstances
  • Pressure relieving wheelchair cushions and mattresses
  • Equipment for toiletry and hygiene purposes
  • Other equipment if beneficial to the wellbeing of the injured player will be considered
  • Minor home adjustments for wheelchair accessibility are considered
  • An annual consumables allowance at a medical supply company for catheters, urinebags, linen savers etc.
  • Monthly financial assistance is considered for special cases
  • Study bursaries are considered on merit for special cases.

The impact of a catastrophic injury or illness on family members and loved ones is quite well known, but perhaps not as well supported as it could be, as all attention is focused on the recovery and wellbeing of the person with the injury/illness. In future issues of RI Dr George Louw M.B.Ch., who suffers from a debilitating illness and is gradually depending more and more on his lovely wife, will examine the issue of support for care-givers: where to go and what to do when the care-giver needssome tender loving care.

Rest in peace Kobus.