Two Is Ability Sport para-athletes return home from the IWAS World Games with one silver and a third place. The Games, that took place last week in Sochi, Russia is a biennial multi-sport event for athletes in the Under 23, Open and Master (40+) classes who compete while seated (field), using a racing-wheelchair (track), or…
Two Is Ability Sport para-athletes return home from the IWAS World Games with one silver and a third place.
The Games, that took place last week in Sochi, Russia is a biennial multi-sport event for athletes in the Under 23, Open and Master (40+) classes who compete while seated (field), using a racing-wheelchair (track), or with a prosthetic device (track/field).
Potchefstroom athlete, Casper Schutte, who represented RSA at the 2012 London Games and is currently ranked fourth in the world in his division, threw a 44.65 in the F42* Javelin for silver. Gold went to India’s Pokkadar Tippesvami (45.10m) and bronze to Bulgaria’s Dechko Ovcharov (42.62m).
My personal best (PB) is 48.12 meters so I am not too far off. I am happy with the distance after a difficult season. The result is on par with my preparations toward the 2016 Rio Paralympics,” says Schutte.
Fellow F42 competitor and countryman, Anthony Butler took third place with a heave of 11.03 meters in Shot put – a new PB for the athlete from Pretoria.
I am grateful to set a new best distance at my first international event. It was an incredible experience and I will definitely be back,” says Butler.
IWAS, a key role-player in the Paralympic Movement and a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), was established in 1952 to realize the vision of its creator, Sir Ludwig Guttmann; to establish the event known as the Paralympic Games.
Earlier the year, Is Ability Sport achieved another solid result when five of its Under-20 athletes returned from the IWAS World Junior Games with six medals and the Athlete with International Potential Award for 13-year old Ntando Mahlangu (T42*).
The opportunity to compete internationally is invaluable for para-athletes hoping to make a mark in sport. We are proud of our involvement and hope to reach new heights in 2016,” says Club manager, Fred Furstenberg.
With less than a year to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, all attention is on the IPC World Championships set for Doha, Qatar this month (22-31 October) and the 23 athletes that will be waving the South African flag.
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F42 – F / field
T42 – T / track
– 42 / amputee, above knee