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It's raining big bucks for Paralympians

By unknown | Oct 20, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Paralympians, who won several medals for South Africa at the Beijing Paralympics last month, say they will use the money they from the sponsors to compete at international events next year.

The 18 athletes were given R1,8 million to share by the companies that sponsored Team South Africa at the Paralympic Games.

Athletes who won gold were given R66000 each, those who clinched silver each pocketed R44000, and R22000 each went to those who won bronze. This means Natalie du Toit received R330000 before tax for her five golds.

Oscar Pretoruis and Hilton Langenhoven each got R198000 for winning three golds. This was announced at a glittering function at Sun City last Wednesday.

Du Toit said she will use the loot to compete abroad next year as she prepares herself for the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.

Teboho Mokgalagadi, who got R22000, said he will vie for gold in London. The officials from the sponsors also announced at the function that they had renewed their sponsorships for Team SA for the London Games.

The Beijing Paralympics medallists are: Du Toit (five golds), Pistorius (three golds), Langenhoven (three golds), Phillipa Johnson (two golds), Fanie van der Merwe (two golds), Ernst van Dyk (one gold, one bronze), Ilse Hayes (one gold, one silver), Fanie Lombaard (one gold, one bronze), Mokgalagadi (one bronze), Riaan Nel (one bronze), Tadhg Slattery (one bronze), David Roos (one silver), Gavin Kilpatrick (one bronze), Michael Thompson (one bronze), Charl Bouwer (one gold), Kevin Paul (one gold), Shireen Sapiro (one gold) and Nicholas Newman (one silver).


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