Today is exactly six months to go to the Paralympic Games and, fittingly, our second GSPORT TOP 10 List of 2021 pays tribute to para sport (disability sport) and the stars who make it happen for South Africa.
From the highs of Natalie du Toit’s global achievements in the pool to the global feats of KG Montjane, South Africa has steadily developed icons and role models who have shaped para sport and made a name for themselves on the international stage.
Since our launch in 2006, gsport has focused on showcasing para sport stars and ensured that their incredible achievements receive equal coverage day in and day out.
Our GSPORT TOP 10 Para Sport Stars List includes popular names, legends and new stars who are flying the South African flag high, as chosen by the gsport team (scroll down to see individual athlete descriptions):
Alani broke onto the scene in 2016 when she was selected for the Rio Paralympics. This leading para swimmer who competes internationally for South Africa is eyeing a spot at the Tokyo Games and is working towards Paralympic trials in April.
Anrune won silver in the T47 classification at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. She also won gold in the 400m (T47), silver in the 200m (T47) and bronze in the 100m (also T47) at the 2019 World Para Athletics Champs in Dubai.
Para cyclist, Deejay, is a former gsport Ministerial award winner. She won the national H3 para-cycling title in 2019 South African road championships event and is working towards her dream of representing South Africa at the Paralympics.
KG is one of the most celebrated athletes on the gsport Awards stage having represented South Africa with pride for many years. This wheelchair tennis ace is currently ranked 5th in the world after recently reaching both singles and doubles wheelchair tennis finals at the Australian Open.
Louzanne is a leading Paralympic athlete who broke the world record in the T11 category for the 5000m in 2016. She also holds the 800m record in Africa.
Adaptive surfer, Noluthando, won silver at the International Surfing Association World Paralympic Championship in Los Angeles in December 2019 and went on to receive a gsport Ministerial Award at #gsport15.
Philippa Johnson Dwyer:
Philippa is a para-equestrian rider and four-time Paralympian. She became the first South African rider to win gold at a Paralympic Games when she claimed first place at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Sandra is a Paralympic rower who qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games by winning the silver medal at the final qualification regatta in Serbia. She also participated in the 2016 Games and is eyeing success in Tokyo.
Yané van der Merwe:
Yané has shifted her focus from javelin to shotput as aims to represent South Africa at the Tokyo Paralympics. When she was 17, she broke the U18 Javelin record at the SA Champs for the physically disabled in Port Elizabeth.
Zanele specializes in javelin. She is a two-time gold medallist at both the Paralympics and IPL Athletics World Championships and is the first female South African black athlete to win a Paralympic gold medal.
Photo Caption: The cover image of the 2021 gsport Para Athlete TOP10 video featuring Rio 2016 para-swimmer Alani Ferreira, the alphabetically first-placed of the athletes featured. Image: gsport