The significance of the SASAPD logo
The SASAPD logo symbolises our principles, aims and aspirations and delivers a clear and succinct message about what the organisation does and the motivations which drive the staff, members and volunteers of SASAPD.
The red, running figure represents amputees, les Autres, cerebral palsied and related neurological conditions. The yellow, standing figure represents the visually impaired and blind as it has a blindfold over the eyes. The blue figure seated in a wheelchair represents spinal cord injuries, amputees, cerebral palsied and related neurological conditions.
The figures also represent the three international bodies which we are affiliated with: Cerebral Palsy Int. Sports and Recreation Ass. (CPISRA), Int. Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) and Int. Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Fed. (IWAS).
Each figure is in a different colour, symbolising the rainbow nation, freedom of choice and freedom of association. The three figures are connected with each other and symbolise teamwork at all levels. They face the same direction, suggesting a collective force working towards a common goal.
The close connectivity of the three figures also suggests universality amongst athletes – a life story shared by all athletes regarding their disabilities - and now belonging to “one family”.
South Africa’s European invasion started at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, continued through the Netherlands at the Dutch Open in Emmen and IWAS Open in Stadskanaal, and ended with the German leg of the series at the International Sports Meeting, Leverkusen and ended at the German Open in Bottrot.
Four weeks of competition and travel saw some of our most well-known Paralympic athletes; Oscar Pistorius, Hilton Langenhoven, big Fanie Lombard, Fanie vd Merwe, Ilse Hayes, Arnu Fourie and David Roos pitting themselves against athletes from various countries with their sites firmly set on the World Championships in New Zealand next year, although all efforts are ultimately in preparation for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Oscar Pistorius and Arnu Fourie took Gold and Silver in the T44 100m sprint final at the sixth annual BT Paralympic World Cup. They formed part of the ‘Rest of World’ team alongside fellow SA invitees, Fanie vd Merwe and Fanie Lombard, who competed against Great Britain, the Americas and Europe for the inaugural overall Competition Team Trophy.
Jean Joubert bettered his own SA Record in the F44 Javelin event not once, but twice! Joubert, who set the SA Record at 37.09m at this year’s Nedbank Nationals, first threw a 41.55m at the Dutch Open and then a 44.14m at the IWAS European Open! He continued performing well in the field events by breaking Dewald Reynders’ F44 Shot-putt record (12.40m) with a throw of 12.68m in Leverkusen.
David Roos – a T/F46 competitor – took Gold in the 100m, Gold in the Long jump, and Silver in the Triple jump events at the IWAS European Open in Stadskanaal. His distance of 12.15m in the F46 Triple jump final set a new Africa Record! Roos achieved his ‘Season’s Best’ in Bottrot with a jump of 6.52m in the F46 Long jump.
T44 100m and 200m sprint athlete, Arnu Fourie, won Gold in every single one of his races except against (T43 runner) Pistorius. Fourie thus took Silver in the 100m at the Paralympic World Cup; Gold in both the 100 and 200m races at the Dutch Open - setting a new Africa Record in the T44 200m (23.48sec); took Gold in both of his events at IWAS; and then went on to set a new SA and African Record in the T44 100m in Leverkusen with a time of 11.19 seconds! He went on to take Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m, (Gold went to Pistorius), at the German Open in Bottrot.
The South African T44/T46 Relay team; consisting of Samkelo Radebe, Arnu Fourie, David Roos, and Oscar Pistorius, set a new Africa Record at the German Open with a time of 43.16 seconds – a mere 0.4 seconds slower than the current World Record!
Arnu Fourie, David Roos and Jean Joubert were consistently in the medals bringing home 10 Gold, seven Silver and four Bronze medals between them. They also set two new South African and three new African records as the series went on.
The entire SA squad performed superbly and it is clear that plans for the 2012 Games are on track!
Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open
Iglin Grobbelaar successfully defended his Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open title with a thrilling victory over Daniel Slabbert in the final round at Randpark Golf Club.
Grobbelaar closed with a 77 off his three handicap to take the title on a total of 232, one stroke ahead of Slabbert who signed for an 81 in one of the closest finishes in the history of this event.
Slabbert, a 19-year-old leg amputee from the Northern Cape, seemed destined to claim his maiden victory in this tournament. His two double bogeys on the front nine saw him tied for the lead at the turn but Grobbelaar’s bogey at the last snatched the title.
“That first win is always special,” said the 24-year-old Grobbelaar, “but to retain the title is a great thrill for me. Fortunately Daniel didn’t hold that five-shot lead on the front nine for too long. I couldn’t believe it when I gave away my two-shot lead on the 15th and hit into the hazard on 18.”
Clive Edwards won the Senior’s division with 97 off a handicap of 23 as well as second place in his handicap division.
“I am thrilled with my results. Having come into the Open with low expectations but with high hopes, I decided to just enjoy it and play my game.”
Edwards has been playing as an amputee for the last nine of his 30 years as a golfer.
19 year-old matric learner and amputee, Duane Janse van Rensburg, has been playing golf for less than five months and finished a proud fifth in the Junior Division with 101.
“It is inspiring to meet so many other disabled athletes and I found everyone to be competitive yet friendly and supportive. The event was very well organised and I had a lot of fun!”
Adaptive Rowing is up and rowing with centres in Jo’burg, Durban and Cape Town and some rowers training at home and attending intensive training camps. The three categories of adaptive rowing offered are: LTA 4+ (Legs, trunk and arms coxed four) - mixed gender crew on a standard sliding seat (includes vision deficiencies); TA 2x (Trunk and arms double scull) - mixed gender crew on a fixed seat with a lap-strap; AS 1x (Arms and Shoulders separate gender single scull) - on a fixed seat with a chest strap.
Camps have identified a number of possible candidates for the SA squad to compete at the World Rowing Champs in New Zealand in November. The University of Johannesburg, has made their high performance centre available for squad rowers and their able-bodied rowers and coxes assist with water training at VLC, Germiston Lake.
Deon BÃ¼hrs, who runs the Sit Lab at Netcare Rehab, Auckland Park, made a presentation to UJ of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) rowing, which uses electrodes to stimulate the thigh and gluteus muscles enabling paralysed rowers to row on a sliding seat, thereby offering a full aerobic workout as arm-only exercises cannot offer a high enough aerobic factor (see Rolling Inspiration May/June).
FES rowing is fast becoming a popular indoor competitive sport overseas and is used by many top teams to train their high performance athletes.