The World Para Surfing Championships will be kicking off from 4-11 December 2022, and the para surfing South African team is preparing to make headlines in California. In 2020 the SA team came out 6th out of 22 countries and brought home four medals.
After missing the 2021 Para Surfing competitions due to the Pandemic, team South Africa 2022 is looking eager to showcase its skills to the world and win medals for South Africa.
South Africa will send a team of nine male and five female para surfers, along with six support team members, to the World Para Surf Championships. This particular group of surfers has earned their spots purely for their exceptional abilities. Each year the team grows in numbers.
The South Africa Para Surfing coach, Roxy Davis, said she is delighted to share her knowledge with the athletes who have earned their spot on the team.
“Surfing is my medicine. It remains a privilege to share para surfing and surf therapy with thousands of surfers with disabilities. It volunteers across the Western Cape through a formalized Para Surfing Programme that started in 2016,”.
“There are a particular group of surfers who, no matter their [dis]ability, come down to the beach, adapt, and excel,” Roxy continued.
The Para Surfing South African team has done outstandingly in the previous competitions, and Roxy shared light on the hard work the team has been putting in. Also, it highlights the importance of how the team’s diversity.
“Our athletes have shown hard work, bravery, and commitment and now have the opportunity to fly the South African flag proudly as they tackle the world’s biggest para surfing competition. This group of diverse and differently-abled sportsmen and women proudly represent everything South Africa stands for,” Roxy said.
The incredible athletes that will be presenting South Africa in California are Raemondo Lessing [ Western Cape], Noluthando Makalima [ Western Cape], Michele Macfarlane [ Western Cape], Caleb Swanepoel [ Western Cape], James Sinclair [ KwaZulu-Natal], similar Dlamini [ KwaZulu-Natal], David Williams [ KwaZulu-Natal], Doug Hendrikz [ KwaZulu-Natal], Martin Ferreira [ Gauteng], Tracy McKay [ KwaZulu-Natal], Alulutho Tshoba [ KwaZulu-Natal], Oliver Sinclair [KwaZulu-Natal], Asanda Sibisi [ KwaZulu-Natal], Sabelo Ngema [ KwaZulu-Natal], and Jean-Paul Veaudry [ Eastern cape].
That said, Team South Africa still needs assistance and funding support to get all the members to the Para Surfing Championship games. It has been reported that the team has raised to R680,724.6isnd and needs to increase an amount by R338,276 to ensure all their members get to California. The overall total that is required to enter the competition is R1,019,000.
The team started a Backabuddy page, where people can donate and assists the team. There are various ways in which brands, companies, and individual sponsors can help the South African Surfing Team.
Come the 4th of December; the South African Surfing team will aim to continue where they left off and bring back more medals. Not only bring about more medals but also finish at the top of the other countries and be reigning Para Surfer champions 2022.
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