This past weekend, the Toyota South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) Championships dazzled attendees with a remarkable display of talent and resilience. The event, staged by the University of Free State in Bloemfontein, drew a crowd of top schools and athletes from across South Africa, celebrating the prowess and spirit of athletes with disabilities.

A standout performance by Puseletso Mabote, a Global Team Toyota Athlete (GTTA), highlighted the championships. The 19-year-old set a new African record in the men’s long jump T63, soaring to 5.93 meters. He also shattered the world record in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 25.12 seconds and improving his previous best time significantly. Mabote’s achievements exemplify the championship’s core values of perseverance and commitment.

The organizers, including the University of Free State and Bloemfontein, collaborated seamlessly to offer a conducive environment for the athletes, enhancing the success of the event. Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and SASAPD jointly expressed their pride in fostering an inclusive sporting platform that empowers athletes with disabilities. They praised all participants, with special accolades for Mabote’s record-setting performance.

Mookie Grobbelaar, Chairperson of SASAPD, reflected on the event’s success, emphasizing the critical role of supportive partnerships in enabling disabled athletes to excel. Looking ahead, SASAPD and TSAM are committed to advancing inclusivity and achieving even greater milestones in adaptive sports.

The event concluded with messages of encouragement for all athletes to continue pursuing their sporting goals with vigor. The spirit of unity and fair play evident throughout the championships inspired everyone present, reinforcing the profound impact of sports.

The Frances Vorwerg School, noted for its exceptional participation, was awarded a new Toyota Quantum. This generous gift from TSAM aims to support the school’s efforts in nurturing talented disabled athletes, ensuring they have the resources needed to thrive in their sporting pursuits.