Yane Van Der Merwe
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Sports Management - University of Johannesburg: South Africa
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at primary school and began competing in Para athletics in 2016.
Why this sport?
Her training partner introduced her to Para athletics. "I have been competing in javelin since I was 12 years old. I competed at school level against able-bodied competitors. Then I started with shot put in high school. But after she told my mother and me about it, we did some research and then I began competing in Para athletics."
Club / Team
University of Johannesburg: South Africa
She trains five times a week.
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in F44 javelin and a bronze medal in F44 shot put at the 2017 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation [IWAS] World Games in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal. (goodthingsguy.com, 10 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you set your mind to it, and believe in yourself, you can be successful." (msn.com, 21 May 2019)
She was born with talipes [club foot]. "For me it is my right ankle as I have only a minimum degree of function, meaning I cannot move my ankle in any way." (goodthingsguy.com, 10 May 2019)