Following an action packed three days of wheelchair rugby at the Kempton Park Indoor Centre, Welcome Ngeju, sales director of SWASAP announced at the closing function that SWASAP would commit to the sponsorship of the SWASAP National Wheelchair Rugby Championships for the next three years.
In the bronze medal playoff between KwaZulu Natal and Western Province, KZN took the spoils. And in an exhilarating final between arch rivals Gauteng North and Central Gauteng, the northerners emerged as the victors. The Championship ended on a high note with this announcement. "We have identified a need for our sport to take its rightful place in the market and with this commitment from SWASAP, Wheelchair Rugby can start to focus on the game and develop it to the same levels as it is received internationally," said Koos Engelbrecht, President of SASAPD.
"This opens other avenues for our national league and the teams having the opportunity to compete internationally and improve on their rankings, and ultimately representing South Africa at the Paralympic Games".
A squad of 20 players was announced at the function that will now be able to focus on their preparation as a national team. Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, CLR Duma Nkosi was equally supportive of the sport, with the Ekurhuleni Municipality having hosted 4 National Championships. He said he would like to see this continue towards the target of 10 years.
Moss Mashishi (President of SASCOC) attended the finals, the first time he had witnessed the sport. He recognised the commitment of SWASAP, the players and SASAPD to reach the Paralympic Games.