Page back
Sport Para athletics
NPC South Africa   
Place of BirthPretoria, SAF
Height1.82 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
T37, F37
Further Personal Information
Stellenbosch, RSA
Athlete, Student
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Education - University of Stellenbosch: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 17 at high school in Pretoria, South Africa. He began competing in Para athletics in 2011.
Why this sport?
"I come from an athletic family, and I always loved the sport."
Club / Team
Maties ParaSport Club: Stellenbosch, RSA
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [club], RSA
Senior International Debut
Competing for
South Africa
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Suzanne Ferreira, and his father. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
As a child he required a number of operations, including one in which his Achilles tendon needed to be lengthened. (, 06 Jun 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything happens for a reason, so just enjoy the moment." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Sportsman of the Year with an Impairment at the 2016 South African Sports Awards. (, 28 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
His parents Wessel and Elmarie were both athletes who competed at regional level in South Africa. (, 06 Jun 2018)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Jan 2018)
He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after complications at birth. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Other information
After winning gold in the T37 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he dedicated his victory to his uncle Johan, who was shot and later died following a house robbery earlier in the year. "Me and my family have been through a few tough months but hopefully I did my country proud." (, 16 Sep 2016;, 11 Sep 2016)

He has worked with a non-governmental body named Living Legends South Africa.The organisation offers a youth development programme that focuses on empowering children to take responsibility for their actions through interaction, sport development and life skills. (Living Legends SA Facebook page, 05 Jun 2018; Facebook profile, 06 Mar 2018;, 16 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2012 800m T37 2:06.67
Round 1 2012 100m T37 12.11
1 2016 100m T37 11.45
1 2016 400m T37 51.13
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 800m T37 2:03.89
3 2013 400m T37 52.74
2 2013 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 45.76
4 2015 200m T37 23.20
2 2015 400m T37 51.74
5 2015 100m T37 11.73
1 2017 200m T37 23.27
2 2017 100m T37 11.55
1 2017 400m T37 51.00
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m T37 11.89
3 2018 100m T38 11.35