Help get Team South Africa to USA World Adaptive Surfing Championships
- By: Julia Van Zyl
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/team-sa-to-usa-wasc
Strong South African Team announced for the 2019 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships
The Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa has confirmed the names of the surfers who have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships.
This is the strongest and most comprehensive team ever selected for the event.
It is headed up by three team members who have all won medals in the AS1 (Stand) category at previous ISA World Championship.
Antony Smyth, who won silver in 2015, gold in 2016 and silver in 2017, is the current AS1 World Champion having won his second gold in California last year. Grace Anderson won silver in 2018 and Jean- Paul Veaudry is a former bronze medal winner in this category.
The experienced Daniel Nel, who recently won a medal and the hearts of many at an adaptive surfing event in Bali, will compete in the AS4 prone division and new cap Tracy McKay is included in the team in the AS4 women's division.
New caps Jared Sacks and Sabelo Ngema have qualified in the AS-VI and AS- VIB3 divisions (Blind and Visually Impaired) while Albert Rust will earn cap number three in the AS5 (Prone assist). Noluthando Makalima wins her first cap in the AS5 Women's Division.
Douglas Hendrikx will become the first South African to participate in the AS3 (Sit) division with new caps Anton Wiersma and Donovan Kanes giving South Africa representation in the AS2 (Kneel) category for the first time.
The Team Manager is Julia Van Zyl and the coaches are Tasha Mentasti and Leon Van Zyl.
Three of our Made for More Adaptive Surfers and two of our staff have been selected to represent South Africa at the World Adaptive Surfing Championships in California, USA.
Now that the team has been announced the hard work of raising the funds required to travel to the USA begins in earnest. Each team member is required to pay their own way to the event and while Adaptive Surfing South Africa and the national body, Surfing South Africa, are hoping to assist with some of the expenses, each team member will be looking to raise about R30000 each.
*Disclaimer: Funds will be raised for ALL South African team members, however the initial R150 000 that comes in will be used for the Made for More team members and then the rest of the team thereafter. If we are able to raise our goal of R500 000, the whole South African Team will be covered for the trip. The amount raised will help us to cover visa fees, flights and accommodation for all team members.
Thank you for backing Team South Africa and for supporting the growth of disability sport in South Africa
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MADE FOR MORE’ is a Non Profit Company and a Public Benefit Organisation that aims to include, empower and equip people with disabilities through sport.
‘Made for More’ is a Non Profit Company (NPC Registration no. 2016/038814/08) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO no. 930055257) that aims to include, empower and equip people with disabilities through sport.
OUR VISION is to see people with disabilities included, equipped and empowered to live purpose filled and passionate lives.
OUR MISSION is to break stigma, while guiding and empowering people with disabilities to discover their abilities, worth and divine purpose through disability sport, life skills programs, camps and community projects.
‘Made for More’ was founded and built on relationships. Everything we do is created in and flows through relationships.
While working at a school in Durban, South Africa for children with physical disabilities, I started to discover and see the need to invest in so much more than just education and sport and that there was a deep longing to know and be known more holistically.
As my relationships grew with the children, a deep yearning for them to know that they were created for more began to stir in my heart. While journeying with a boy, Ranetsi Manyoni and seeing the effect that sport had in transforming his life physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, I began to wonder why it should stop there.
‘Made for More’ uses sport as a vehicle to bring hope, build relationships, and instill morals and values, while equipping and giving athletes the opportunity to pursue their sporting careers provincially and on a National level. When coaching, we don’t just focus on a physical, one dimensional level, but we seek to go deeper and to invest in the heart of the athlete.
Our desire is that our brothers and sisters break free from societies conformities and stigma’s about who they are and what they can do, and discover that they are ‘Made for More’. We desire to see hearts and minds renewed as well as filled with a unique passion and purpose for their lives.
We desire to see these people group restored and filled with love, acceptance and hope for a better future.