Sipho Mjoka

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment

Further personal information

Residence
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Languages
English, Zulu

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 14 and joined the Westville Swimming Club a few years later.
Why this sport?
He got into swimming when he was a young teenager because he was the victim of bullying and wanted to gain strength and confidence. Later he discovered that swimming could help him create a better life and be successful.
Club / Team
Westville Swimming Club: South Africa

General interest

Nicknames
Siphs. (Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2015)
Hobbies
Socialising with friends, watching movies, cooking, spending time online. (Eadp.co.za, 01 Jan 2013; Media.wix.com, 01 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Eadp.co.za, 01 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
He was awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Sports Award for 2013. (Thisability.co.za, 01 Nov 2013)

In 2010 he won The South African Federation for Mental Health Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport. (Tyr.co.za, 20 Nov 2012)

He was awarded the 2010 Hamlet Foundation Place of Hope Award for Unsung Heroes in the sports category. (Tyr.co.za, 20 Nov 2012)
Other information
ORPHAN
He was abandoned as a child and raised at the Othandweni Children's Home in Soweto, South Africa. (Tyr.co.za, 22 Nov 2012)