The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled honours the legacy of three-time Paralympian and bronze medallist Jane Mandean as the disability community mourns her loss.
According to the statement released by SASAPD via their Instagram account, 49-year-old Madean succumbed to her battle against cancer on Tuesday, 12 January 2021.
“Mandean was a dedicated athlete since she first got involved at Eros school in the Western Cape.” – SASAPD statement on Instagram
“She later joined Unitie and Bellville athletics club before ploughing her knowledge and passion back into the game as an executive member of the Western Province Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (WPSAPD).
“SASAPD President, Moekie Grobbelaar said, “It is with a broken heart that I inform you about the passing of one of our Paralympians. The joyful and bubbly, Jane Mandean. As we don’t have all the answers it was her time to say goodbye.”
“She has run the race and kept her faith. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace as she will be missed by the SASAPD family.”
Messages streamed in from the public on the SASAPD Facebook page as the community shared their memories of Madean:
RIP Jane we represented SA in a few World and Paralympic (events). You were a legend and an ambassador for your country. I am honoured have known you.
RIP Jane my condolences to the family. I have very good memories of her always willing to assist with a smile and her passion for sport.
RIP Jane a huge inspiration to many and a wonderful person to have known condolences to the family.
What A beautiful soul. Fly high with the Angels
She had such dedication and passion for sport and people. Jane will be missed. Condolences to her family and friends.
Thank you to all who shared and enjoy those moments with her. Highly appreciated from us as family.
Photo 1 Caption: The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled honours the legacy of three-time Paralympian and bronze medallist Jane Mandean as the disability community mourns her loss. Photo: SASAPD (Twitter)