Boost for disabled sports

AT the 2008 awards, Murray and Roberts provided funding for sports people with disabilities from the dividend gains from the company's Letsema Sizwe Broad-based Community Trust.

AT the 2008 awards, Murray and Roberts provided funding for sports people with disabilities from the dividend gains from the company's Letsema Sizwe Broad-based Community Trust.

The trust has identified disabled Beijing Paralympics gold medallist Hilton Langenhoven as a beneficiary. Impressed by his inspirational and motivational abilities to conquer almost insurmountable obstacles, the company has allocated R100000 a year over five years to Langenhoven to prepare for the 2012 Paralympics.

Boccia for the Severely Disabled and Judo for the Blind and Visually Impaired became the 2009 disabled sports beneficiaries. Each project received R50000 a year for three years.

Boccia for the Severely Disabled is a form of indoor bowls played by people with severe disabilities. Its local pioneer, Ruon van Zyl, introduced Boccia to schools for the disabled across South Africa, more than 500 disabled South Africans participate in this Olympic sport.

Judo for the Blind and Visually Impaired's leading lights are Mike and Lorraine Job, who are sixth degree judo black belts and instructors. They introduced judo to the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town.

Last year the group had doubled to 68 participants, 15 of whom represented the Western Province at the championships for the SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled. -Sowetan

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