Locals to the Paralympic trials

Members of KwaThema Disability Sports Club Zukiswa Chiya, Thapelo Motsapi, Simphiwe Tywakadi, Sibusiso Nkosi, Ayanda Mgebisa, Aubrey Mathibela and Nonhlanhla Dladla.

KwaThema Disability Sports Club’s athletes went to the Paralympic trials in Rustenburg.

Last Friday, athletes of the KwaThema Disability Sports Club left for the seven-day Paralympic trials in Rustenburg.

If the local athletes impress, they will form part of the team that will compete in the Paralympics in London next year.

According to coach Aubrey Mathibela, he hopes that at least some of his athletes will qualify because he knows the competition will be stiff. He says they have trained hard to qualify and prepared long enough so that they can be in the South African squad that will represent the country in London.

“We have been waiting for this day for a long time and now it is scary. But we hope and pray for the best and the thought that Afrisun East Rand Trust and the Ekurhuleni municipality are behind us, gives us strength,” says Aubrey.

He urges parents of children living with disabilities to bring them to join the club so they can participate in sports. Children who are blind and living with albinism are mostly needed by Aubrey.

He says they stand a good chance to be in the Gauteng squad.

31 March 2011 | Mpho Morereane