The Free State Sports Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired is hosting the national championships for the third time in Bloemfontein from 28 March to 3 April 2018.
As many as 790 athletes, 350 coaches, managers, care givers and helpers will be involved to make this 5-day sporting event possible. Bloemfontein will be packed with spectators from all over the country coming to support this prestigious event and encourage the very talented physically disabled and visually impaired athletes.
According to Jan Wahl, chairperson of the FSSAPD, ‘’Spectators can expect an enjoyable and spectacular opening ceremony on the evening of 30 March. It will definitely be something not to be missed. This year the FSSAPD will be presenting 7 sporting codes, para athletics, para cycling, boccia, judo for the blind, para powerlifting, goalball for the blind and CP football. There will also be four international teams that will take part in the national championship, namely Kenya, Namibia, Mauritius and Botswana.
Bloemfontein can be ready for few action-packed days on the sporting field. Spectators will be left in awe of how incredible the disabled are and that nothing is holding them back to reach their dreams.
Rufus Botha, the coach of the long-distance world champion record holder, Louzanne Coetzee, said there is extra hard word and time going into the preparation for this championship. Coetzee said: ‘’I am always excited and looking forward to run times that will count as world record times. Challenging and testing myself is the thing I am looking forward to the most.’’
A special word of thanks to Bloemfontein Courant for this article.