Paralympic Games

Noluthando Makalima and adaptive surf: living life into the waves

Noluthando Makalima was born with cerebral palsy, but her disability never prevented her from achieving what she wanted to do in life. She is a talented young adaptive surfer from Cape Town, who gained a silver medal at the 2020 World Paralympic Championship. She currently represents South African excellences in the international parasports field and she wants to continue her training to compete again next year, despite the challenges she has to face everyday. Her main desire is to become a role model for young people. Surf isn’t just a sport for this athlete: it’s therapy, a way to feel free and safe, to challenge herself, to fully live her body. Her experience is a real life story that needs to be known in order to raise awareness about people with disabilities in sport.

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Ghana: Botsyo, the paralympic athlete who defied the stigma

Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe is a Ghanaian para-athlete. He made proud his country with many achievements and he is the first ghanaian para-athlete to qualify for the paralympic games in Tokyo 2020 (postponed to 2021). He won the T54 World Wheelchair 100m race with a new personal best of 14.22s at the Desert Challenge Games in Arizona, USA. In this interview he talks about committment in sport, struggle in life, and happiness with a fantastic family.

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