In October Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics, Tshwane University of Technology, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the programme with close to 300 attending.
Course Head, Jacques Swanepoel, took those present on a stroll down memory lane, remembering the pioneering work of the early O&Ps and the challenges they faced. Rolling Inspiration’s Andy Scott held the audience in the palm of his hand as he reminisced on his personal sporting experiences and his successes in finding financial support for disability sports.
He was excited by the new sporting trend - initiated at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India - of combining medal tables, ignoring disability divides, and thereby ensuring that sporting heroes with disabilities could be recognised as the National Treasures that they are instead of being the also rans. “It is only thanks to the stellar sporting achievements of athletes such as Natalie du Toit,” said Scott, “that South Africa is placing so high on the medals table.”
Jacques Swanepoel rounded up the formal part of events by looking at the future of O&P, discussing the need to find a way of changing the tradition of bringing the student to class to one of getting the class to the student.