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Rowing South Africa – Rowing for the Disabled

Para-Rowing is a project of Rowing South Africa and has achieved great success.  It is an inclusive sport in that rowers can participate and train as exclusively disabled rowers but they are also able to compete with and against able-bodied rowers.

Rowing South Africa has a mass participation programme including both indoor and water rowing programmes and have elite para-rowers, with two crews having qualified to participate at the Paralympics in 2016.

Para-Rowing was awarded the runner up prize at the 2012 Letsema Awards.

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Northern Cape Sport Association for the Physically Disabled

The organisation was established in 1979 with the aim of improving opportunities for people with physical disabilities to participate in sport and promotes sport for physically disabled people at both a junior and senior level through development and elite training programmes.

They work primarily with schools for learners with special needs through which they are able to expose learners to sport, create opportunities for learners to try out for several sports, identify learners with potential and then provide extensive coaching for learners who are able to participate in high-performance training programmes.

The organisation reaches a large number of beneficiaries through its mass participation programme at schools and have approximately 60 athletes that participate at a competitive level.  They offer training in several sporting codes including table tennis, boccia, athletics and swimming, wheelchair tennis, powerlifting and cycling

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Frances Vorwerg School Sports Programme

Francis Voorweg is a school for learners with special needs, primarily accommodating children with cerebral palsy but also those with ADHD.

There are currently 405 learners enrolled, ranging in ages from 3 – 18 years and the school promotes a holistic education, offering academic, skills and sports development programmes.  Included in their sporting activities are swimming, athletics and soccer.  Archery was introduced two years ago and has become the fastest growing sport at the school.

The school has seen physical improvements in posture and strength as well as improvements in maths and reading, receiving instruction and self-esteem through the sport of archery.The archery club has achieved recognition from Archery South Africa and receives invitations to participate in both club and provincial level events.