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Sheryl James



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Makhado, RSA
Athlete, Farmer
Afrikaans, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2018 at age 32 in Louis Trichardt, South Africa.
Why this sport?
She joined a sports club for able-bodied athletes and athletes with an impairment, where she was encouraged to start sprint training.
Club / Team
IsAbility Sports Club: Pretoria, RSA
Name of coach
Gideon Joubert [personal]

General interest

Takalani [a term that means 'be happy' or 'always smiling' in Africa], Makhadzi. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Playing polocrosse. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, coach Gideon Joubert, her physiotherapist Elmien van der Goot. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019;, 05 Apr 2019;, 02 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go as hard and as fast for as long as you can, and when you fall, get up and go some more." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other sports
She has twice completed the Comrades Marathon in South Africa. The annual event is an ultra marathon of approximately 89 kilometres. (, 02 Mar 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 05 Apr 2019;, 22 Nov 2019)
She was born with cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. She has hemiplegia with impaired muscle functionality on the right side of her body. (, 02 Mar 2019; Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)