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Palesa Manaleng

Palesa Manaleng

Palesa Manaleng

We're joined in studio by the inspiring and resilient Palesa Manaleng, a para-cyclist who's set her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
 
Palesa has always had a passion for sports, and despite facing many obstacles  and resistance from her dad - who believed sports were only for boys - played every sport available to her. This included soccer, tennis, weight lifting, rowing and running 10km races. 

To then try and fathom the impact the accident she had in 2014 would have on this incredibly active human seems inconceivable. 
While on her bike at the UJ rugby stadium Palesa's breaks failed and saw her crashing into the palisade fence. This  causing her spine to dislocate, 2 broken ribs, a punctured lung, fractured shoulder and head injuries.

Palesa hasn't however allowed any of this to hold her back. She's now in a wheelchair but training hard than ever, and has in fact since even represented South Africa in two para-cycling World Cups, been named the national champion in athletics and named national champion in Cycling twice. She's also won the national H3 para-cycling title in the 2019 South African road championship event.
 
Tune in at 5PM to catch her full interview. 

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