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Disabled athletes struggle for recognition

South Africa is a nation that loves a success story. And for many years, sports has played an important role not only for nation-building but to also expose young South Africans to role models that they can look up to.

The media’s role is quintessential, in that, without television, radio, newspaper or social media coverage, many of our stars would be oblivious to us.

Our country’s Paralympic athletes are a case in point.

Once every four years, we celebrate their feats and have hailed many of them as our national sporting heroes.

In 2016, South Africans were basking in the glory as our disabled athletes walked away with an impressive haul of 17 medals at the Rio Games.

While the 45-strong Team SA contingent gave South Africans reason to celebrate, many Paralympians are still yearnin...

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38 athletes qualify for athletics world championships

Now that the 2017 Nedbank National Championships have come to an end, we can confirm that a total of 28 male and 10 female athletes have qualified for the World Para Athletics Championships in July.

CONGRATULATIONS to these athletes. we looking forward to the final team announcement. SASAPD would like to make it clear that the South African team has yet to be selected.

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On the photo appears: Back row from Left to Right: Laurence van Heerden, Jan Wahl, Ernesta Strydom and Zelda  Hansen
Front Row from Left to Right : Jean Miggels, Moekie Grobbelaar(president). Kobus Marais (Vice President).

With the 2017 Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled fully underway, SASAPD South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled Selected a new National Executive Committee yesterday.

The New committee will serve SASAPD for the next 4 year. They will work together with SASCOC to get our athletes ready for the Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games.

The new Executive Committee for 2017- 2021 are as follows.

Moekie Grobbelaar – President

Kobus Marais – Vice President

Jean Miggles – Executive Member

Jan Wahl – Executive Member

Laurence van Heerden – Executive ...

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Nedbank National Championships live streaming

With only 24 hours till the opening ceremony of the 2017 Nedbank National Championships for the physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth. Catch all the live streaming action from the opening ceremony on our Facebook Page.

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Opening ceremony change


Nedbank Nationals update

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the Nedbank National Championships OPENING CEREMONY has been moved forward by 1 hour. The opening will now start at 17:00.

All Athletes are to be seated by 16:30

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Photo by Francois-Esterhuizen

Javelin thrower Reinhardt Hamman won a gold medal for South Africa at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and there is a good chance of him breaking the world record when he competes in the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth from the 31st March to the 4th April.

“My Rio medal was 14 years of hard work, dedication and never giving up on a dream, which includes breaking the world record. My personal best in my class is 50.96m, which is 41cm short of the world record, so let’s see what I can do in PE,” says 27-year-old Hamman who lives in the Strand near Cape Town and trains at Stellenbosch University six days a week.

Several Paralympic stars will feature amongst the 1300 physically disabled South African and sou...

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Official Media Release for 2017 Nedbank National Championships

The eagerly awaited 2017 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled are just a few days away. The Champs will take place from the 31st March to 04 April in Port Elizabeth as some of the country’s top Para- Athletes battle it out for national honours and recognition.

This year’s event promises to be a tightly contested spectacle with all of Team South Africa’s 2016 Track and Field Paralympic stars already confirming their participation at the Championships. This will be the first time that that the Paralympians will be in top-flight action on home soil since their return from the hugely successful Games in Brazil where they bagged an impressive haul of 17 medals.

This year, approximately 1300 athletes are expected to register to participate in 7 sporting codes, name...

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Arnold Classic Africa 2017


Is it true? YES! SASAPD will be at the 2017 Arnold Classic Africa.


Not only are we in high gear planning the 2017 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled. We are getting ready to show the world what SASAPD is, and what sporting codes we offer. Sporting codes like Goalball, Boccia and Powerlifting will be showcasing their sport live.

We will also have the Current and past Paralympians at the Arnold Classic Africa to share their journey.

The Arnold Classic Africa 2017 is happening in Sandton, Johannesburg and will run from 5 – 7 May.

Remember to purchase your tickets from now.

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London2017 IPC World Athletics Championships

The next World Para Athletics Championships will take place in London, Great Britain from 14-23 July 2017.

The event will form part of London’s Summer of World Athletics, when for the first time the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships will be held in the same city. The World Para Athletics Championships will include 213 medal events, featuring approximately 1,300 athletes, and will be held across 10 days of competition.

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2017 SASAPD National Championships for Physically Disabled

Port Elizabeth is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. A major port, it’s also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighborhood’s Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.

The 2017 SASAPD National Championships for the Physically Disabled, will be held in Port Elizabeth from the 31st March until the 4th April 2017. The 2017 SASAPD Nationals is the prime stage for South African Para-athletes to showcase to South Africa what they are made of. It will be the first National Championships after the Rio2016 Paralympic games.

The 2017 SASAPD Nationals is an important championship as athlet...

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