15241-Kerwin Noemdo photo

Kerwin Noemdo



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T47, F46

Further personal information

Stellenbosch, RSA
Athlete, Coach
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Ecology - Stellenbosch University: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first got into sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
One of his mother's friends recognised his talent and persuaded him to start competing. "She approached me at a school event and suggested I try out Para sport. I was hesitant as I had been playing my sport normally at school and had never heard of Para sport. I then participated in my first national championship in grade eight [first year of high school] in Stellenbosch, and then my eyes were opened. I did not know this world existed. The more I did it, the more I enjoyed it. I found a second home in Para sport, and saw an opportunity to represent my country, which I always wanted to do."
Club / Team
Monster Javelin: Stellenbosch, RSA
Name of coach
Danny Damon [club]

General interest

Rugby. (Twitter profile, 02 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family. (, 20 Jun 2017)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand rugby union player Dan Carter. (, 20 Jun 2017)
In 2018 he suffered a grade two ligament tear in his ankle. (Facebook page, 02 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Impossible is nothing." (Twitter profile, 02 Mar 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Para Sport Star at Stellenbosch University's 2019 Maties Sport Awards in South Africa. (, 04 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has played rugby union at national youth level. (, 29 Aug 2012)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (SASAPD Youtube Channel, 02 Mar 2021)
He was born with a malformation to his right hand after the umbilical cord in his mother's womb twisted around his right wrist. The hand was amputated at age two months. "When I was in my mother's stomach, her umbilical cord went around my right wrist, but because I was lying with my right arm behind my back the doctors did not see anything wrong. I was born with an under-developed right hand. About five months after birth the doctor said the hand was just going to be a nuisance for me, and it would be better to amputate it." (, 20 Jun 2017;, 25 Aug 2012)
Other information
In early 2020 he postponed his studies to focus on the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "The COVID-19 pandemic affected my initial year plans quite drastically because I decided early in the year that I was going to focus just on athletics and do it full-time to compete in Tokyo. Coming from a background where we were not that well off, to give up my studies to focus on athletics was quite tough for [my parents]. It was tough to hear that the games are going to be postponed for one year because I put everything on hold to focus on it. I understand the reasoning behind it. I have a saying – same fate, different date. Although it's Tokyo 2021 and not Tokyo 2020, I still believe that I can have the same outcome, it's just a different date." As a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on his training, he enrolled onto an online diploma course in environmental quality assessment and monitoring. (, 08 Sep 2020)

He considered giving up his sport after his preferred throwing events of discus and shot put were not included in his category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "In Para sport, you have different classes [and] my class never had discus or shot put in the 2016 games, so I had no chance to go. In South Africa, Para sport isn't as big as it should be, so I was thinking to myself, 'Why don't I just stop athletics, wrap my degree up and go work?' But if your why is bigger than your what, you'll always find a way to get through." (, 08 Sep 2020)

He has studied for a master's degree at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He hopes to go into coaching and wildlife management after his sporting career is over, having already completed an Athletics South Africa Level 2 coaching course. In 2020 he began studying online for a diploma in environmental quality assessment and monitoring. (Instagram profile, 03 Oct 2019;, 08 Dec 2017; Long Shot Throws, 15 Aug 2020;, 08 Sep 2020)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F46 Final 1 2013-07-27 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F46 Final 1 2017-07-18 10
Men's Discus Throw F46 Final 1 2017-07-23 9