RUGBY WHEELCHAIR CampaignMy name is Nickolas. I am an incomplete tetrapligic C6.
In 1997 I had a motorcycle accident and crushed my C6. I was totally paralyzed for about 3 months and against, all odds and doctors prognosis. One morning I was able to move my left big toe.
I made almost a 90% recovery even playing club cricket for the Titans club reserve league.
In the beginning 2020 my health took a dramatic change when I started having neurological complications as a result of my injury in 1997.
By June 2020 I had to be placed in a wheelchair due to my legs not functioning correctly and my health continued to deteriorate over the last 3 years.
I started wheelchair rugby in April this year and with the will of God I have been able to compete and I do believe I have great potential. With the correct coaching team and rugby wheelchair (Equipment)I believe I can do very well at club level and possibly at a national level representing our Gauteng team.
I am quite a big and muscular guy (110 kg) and don't have my own rugby chair according my measurements. A Rugby Wheelchair is a specialized sport chair so its needs to be built to your specific disabilities and sizes. I currently use one of the clubs rugby chairs. Because the Rugby Wheelchair i am currently using it's not manufactured to my size. I consistently suffer from fractured or bruised ribs. Scuffs on my back and shoulder deterioration, pain etc.
I did get a quote for a Rugby Wheelchair according to my specs and it's over 200k which I cannot afford.
I am currently medically boarded and only receive a monthly income protection payment.
Wheelchair Rugby is pretty much all I have left going for me and has brought me out of a very dark place I found myself in where I gave up and even attempted suicide twice. Thanks to a great Psychologist and Psychiatrist and the grace of God. I have pulled through.
Participating in a sport and team again has really changed the direction of my life and given me hope which I would like to grow on.
I would really appreciate if you can contribute towards my dream and wellbeing.
Fundraising targetR 250 000.00
Donations to dateR 200.00
Anonymous donated R 200 via RUGBY WHEELCHAIR FUNDRAISER
21 Oct 2023 R 200