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Tebogo Mofokeng

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62

Further personal information

Residence
South Africa
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2018.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to Para athletics through a Southern African Development Community [SADC] programme in South Africa in early 2018.
Club / Team
IsAbility Sports Club: South Africa

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, playing video games. (Facebook profile, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 14 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and prosthetic limb maker Piet Moopa. (iol.co.za, 04 Jun 2018; briefly.co.za, 2018)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, South African Para athlete Ntando Mahlangu. (apnews.com, 20 Jun 2018; iol.co.za, 04 Jun 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Wake up early, do what's best for you and dwell on your goals." (Facebook profile, 21 Jul 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 14 Aug 2021)
Impairment
At age one he had both of his legs amputated due to severe burns after his neck came in contact with boiling water. He received his first prosthetic legs at age three. (apnews.com, 20 Jun 2018; iol.co.za, 04 Jun 2018)
Other information
FOOTBALL CLUB FOUNDER
In 2016 he founded a football club for children with impairments in Winterveld, South Africa, with the support of Jumping Kids, an organisation that provides prosthetic equipment to children in need. (apnews.com, 20 Jun 2018; iol.co.za, 04 Jun 2018)