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Paralympian stars and prospects set to shine
- Updated: March 31, 2014
With the Rio Summer Paralympics only two years away, the search for the next batch of stars to fly South Africa’s flag intensifies in Stellenbosch this week with the staging of the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by SASAPD.
The championships, hosted by the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled, have been a permanent fixture on the South African sporting calendar and almost all of the country’s top disabled stars have made their mark here before going on to international glory.
“We’ve supported this event for 23 years as it underlines what our brand stands for, which is enabling achievement,” said Thulani Sibeko, Nedbank’s Group Executive for Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs.
“The Nedbank Champs are a wonderful platform to allow disabled people to compete at the highest level possible.”
World F37/F38 javelin champion Reinhardt Hamman, one of the participating stars, believes the championships are vital to his preparations for major international competitions.
With few meetings on the disabled sports calendar the Nedbank Champs is the testing ground for athletes to measure themselves and their performances against those of their peers.
In all eight disciplines, athletics, swimming, cycling, football, goalball, judo, powerlifting and Boccia (similar to bowls), will be staged in venues around Stellenbosch and neighbouring Somerset West from Monday to Wednesday.