Official with a disability makes history

South African umpire Patrick Selepe is the first person with a disability to serve as an official at a Paralympic wheelchair tennis event. It is the latest milestone in a journey that has seen him advance the sport from its very arrival in South Africa, having dedicated himself to wheelchair […]

Paralympic Games kick off with a big week for sport

On Tuesday, 24 August 2021, the Paralympic Games officially started with the opening ceremony. Although spectators aren’t allowed into the arenas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremonies for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games as lively and vibrant. TeamSA, consisting of 34 athletes, was led into the ceremony by […]

Boosting: Risking lives to stroke egos

The practice of self-induced Autonomic Dysreflexia or Boosting is illegal, but also extremely dangerous. GEORGE LOUW investigates Since the beginning of time there have been those who put their lives on the line. Some do it for a cause; like soldiers. When the cause is good, we call them heroes. […]

Rising stars set their sights on the Toyota SASAPD Nationals

The 2021 Toyota South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) National Championships showcases outstanding athletes – such as Mpumelelo “Mpumi” Mhlongo, Puseletso Mabote and Simoné Kruger … Mpumelelo “Mpumi” Mhlongo, Puseletso Mabote and Simoné Kruger all have to things in common: resilience and determination. Mpumi was never expected […]

Barrier-less bus for Paralympians

Bridgestone Corporation, the official tyre partner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was able to produce a new solution that will ensure barrier-less bus access at the newly constructed athlete village for the Games. Leveraging its knowledge of commercial bus tyres and rubber, Bridgestone worked with a collaborative […]