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Judo Institute for People with Special Needs

Judo Institute for People with Special Needs was established in 2009 and aims to inspire blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, and deaf and intellectually impaired children from underprivileged communities in the Eastern Cape.

The institute uses judo to restore confidence and self-esteem, instil discipline as well as provide mentorship and life skills.

At the Common Wealth Championships in 2016, 34 children participated and brought back 19 medals. Since 2010, the institute has won 108 medals from local, provincial and national levels and hopes to send 10 players to the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.

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Mustang Wheelchair Rugby

Mustang Wheelchair Rugby was formed in June 2011 and aims to develop wheelchair rugby as a sport in South Africa and to demonstrate how it can impact on and improve the well-being of people living with disabilities.

The club provides an environment where people with disabilities feel welcome and safe and motivates those who have suffered a traumatic event to participate in a sporting activity. Patients from rehabilitation centres, care centres and local hospitals are encouraged to visit the practice sessions.

Beneficiaries also include children with physical disabilities from schools and rural areas in the Free State and Northern Cape.

The Mustangs won the South African Wheelchair Rugby League in 2016 and represented South Africa at two international events.

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South African Transplant Sports Association

The South African Transplant Sports Association was established in 1994 as a centre for transplant athletes. Its vision is to optimise the quality of life of organ transplant recipients, and through sports and other physical activities, promote organ donation and transplantation.

Athletes with high potential are given the opportunity for additional coaching and South African transplant athletes currently hold six World records and the association is working to host the World Transplant Games in South Africa. At the 2015 games, South Africa finished third and took home 89 medals.