HILTON LANGENHOVEN IS FIRST SASAPD TORCH BEARER AND NEW NEDBANK BRAND AMBASSADOR
The SA Sports Association For Physically Disabled and Nedbank announced in March, that Hilton Langenhoven, Paralympic Triple Gold Medallist, is the first Torch Bearer for SASAPD and the new Nedbank Brand Ambassador. This extends Hilton’s previous role as the Face of Sport for the Disabled.
Koos Englebrecht, President of the SASAPD, congratulated Hilton saying “all at SASAPD join me in wishing him luck as he takes on this new challenge”.
Andy Scott, head of Nedbank Group Sponsorships, said that “Nedbank has been a proud supporter of people with disabilities since 1992 and we are delighted to appoint Hilton as a Nedbank Brand Ambassador. Hilton takes over the reigns of brand ambassador from Oscar Pistorius, who represented the Nedbank Brand with distinction. Hilton’s attributes make him a worthy ambassador and we are confident he will fly the Nedbank flag with distinction.”
Hilton was born in 1983. For 12 years he was raised by his great grandmother, Katrina, until her death when he was 16, and then by his Aunty Joanna in Somerset West. He is visually impaired as a result of his albinism.
Hilton matriculated from Athlone School for the blind and it was here that he developed his love for sport.He first participated in the annual Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Kimberley in 1998 where he won the javelin event. He has competed in two World Championships, the African Championships, the Commonwealth Games and two Paralympic Games – Athens and Beijing, returning from Beijing as a triple gold medallist including a world record in the pentathlon.
Away from sport, he is the proud father of four year old Whayden and is studying Sports management at Stellenbosch University.
OCC - everyone is a winner
The Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) presented by Vodacom in George boasted 650 people with disability from South Africa, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.
Nikki Emerson of England took top honours in the women’s T53/T54 racing wheelchair marathon in a time of 2:35:22. Denis Lemeunier of France won the men’s T53/T54 category racing wheelchair marathon for the second year running in a time of1:32:39. South African Paralympic gold medallist, Ernst van Dyk of Paarl, came second in a time of 1:41:18 and Eugene Klaasen of the Western Cape was third in a time of 2:37:13.
‘It was hard for me - I had a tough race,’ Lemeunier said. ‘It was very hot - in France it is winter and raining - but I am happy to have won and to keep the winner’s title.’
The hand cycle marathon was won by Rico Mornau of Canada in a time of 1:12:58, with Stuart McCreadie of South Africa in second (1:14:22) and Kenny Herriot of Scotland in third (1:24:32).
The oldest person to take part in the fun event this year was 89 year-old, Bernice Vorster, from the Fleur de Lis Old Age Home in Franschoek and the youngest was Jayden Van Vuuren from Pacaltsdorp in George, aged 1 year and 9 months. Both were pushed by enthusiastic family members.
The crowd applauded appreciatively as television presenters Paul Rothman and Dieter Voigt passed by, along with Melanie du Bois (who plays Felicity in the TV soap, Sewende Laan) and Jeff Tsoutsos, a finalist in the 2010 Mr South Africa competition. All four celebrities pushed a youngster in a buggy in the fun event.
The wheelchair-friendly city of George was once again proud to host the event. The race boasted 96 participants from George and 66 from neighbouring towns, mostly entrants in the fun event. Relatively few females took part in the race this year.
‘Despite early difficulties when one of our major sponsors withdrew, this year’s race was of the best ever with funding coming in from as far afield as Mauritius and Malta,’ said event director, Esther Watson. ‘In addition to the enormous benefits that road racing has for participants in terms of improving health and quality of life, the race has become a significant tourist attraction for the region and an event of growing interest to the international sporting fraternity.’
The OCC is the only international wheelchair road racing sporting event in South Africa for persons with disabilities and is recognised as an official Championship event by the SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD). It is open to paraplegics, quadriplegics and people with cerebral palsy and offers prizes in four categories: a 42,2 km marathon, a 21,1 km half-marathon, a 10 km distance and a 5 km fun event, where participants are pushed by helpers, friends or family members. More than 730