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Jumping Kids

Established in 2009, Jumping Kids’ mandate is to provide amputees and children with limb mobility anomalies or deficiencies the tools to be successful contributing members of society through access to prosthetic and mobility devices, education and training, and sporting opportunities and coaching. Having the physical confidence to navigate the barriers in their communities develops capable youngsters better able to access schooling, bursaries and the opportunities that become available with education. Partnering with IsAbility sports club, Jumping Kids has sent athletes to compete in international events organised by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation as well as National athletics camps and competitions. The club has also produced a Rio Paralympic medallist.

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Mandeville Para Swimming

The Mandeville Para Swimming Centre of Excellence started in 2009 with the objective of identifying swimmers with talent and to develop them to a Paralympic level and in particular, developing South Africa’s first black Paralympic swimming medallist. Mandeville Para Swimming has a focus on special needs and disadvantaged schools encouraging learners to adopt swimming as a sport. The discipline and self-confidence developed in training has contributed to the scholastic and career success of participants with many past swimmers entering promising careers. Over the past six years the centre has tallied a great number of medals including 189 at the South African Disability Games as well as sending swimmers to compete at the Midmar Mile, bringing home 17 medals.

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South African Disabled Golf Association

The association started in 2000 to promote golf as a viable form of rehabilitation and recreation for disabled children and to introduce disabled golfers to careers in the golfing industry. The First Swing Programme is a series of clinics implemented by the association at schools across South Africa that focuses on the therapeutic, social and psychological development of disabled children using a modified golf environment. The programme is operational at 35 schools and reaches approximately 750 children. Graduates of the First Swing Programme who have finished school have the opportunity to attend the SADGA academy where they are trained as coaches and placed on learnership programmes sourced by the association. Golfers who display a talent for the game and manage to achieve an official GolfRSA handicap take part in the SA Disabled Golf Open and World Cup of Disabled Golf.