Joyce enjoys life to the full

2015-11-18 06:00
JOYCE MOHOLO shows off some of the medals she has won in various competitions. Photo: Jabulani Dlamini

JOYCE MOHOLO shows off some of the medals she has won in various competitions. Photo: Jabulani Dlamini

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SHE is living proof that it is not about how your life’s race begins, but it is about how you choose to live it.

The 24-year-old Joyce Moholo was abandoned by her parents as an infant and spent her entire childhood living at the Tshireletso Child and Youth Care Centre in Phahameng, Bloemfontein.

Moholo lived comfortably at the home and attended the Pholoho School for special learners, also in Phahameng.

“I spent most of my days playing in the streets and I grew fond of running. At that time it was just a hobby – I wasn’t aware that it was my God-given talent. Running has made me feel happy and made me forget the troubles of this life,” said Moholo.

Her career as an athlete officially began in the year 2000. Moholo is a sprinter and specialises in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m races.

She has since scooped more than 40 medals from various tournaments that she competed in across South Africa and the world.

The determined athlete has represented South Africa in countries such as Australia in 2005, Germany in 2009 and America earlier this year.

Moholo has participated in the South African Sports Association events for the intellectually impaired as well as the Special Olympic World Games.

When she turned 18, she had to leave the home and fend for herself. She has since been under the care of Bishop Litaba Tabane of the New Life Bible Church and she currently lives at the church.

Tabane described Moholo as a commited, well-behaved and hard-working individual and expressed his concerns of Moholo not having a sponsor and a trainer.

“I am very proud of her. She returned from the Special Olympics World Games with a gold and silver medal and was not paid a cent. I think it is unfair because she practically trains herself,’’ said Tabane.

The athlete stated that she had previously received financial assistance from the premier’s and the mayor’s office and expressed her gratitude for the kind gesture.

Despite all the difficulties, Moholo is determined to move forward.

In the future, she sees herself in the ranks of Oscar Pistorius and Tebogo Mogalagadi.

She is confirmation that even if life did not give you a great start, you owe it to yourself to create an astounding one.

Meanwhile, Maleshoane Sekoera, a caregiver at Tshireletso, said she had known Moholo since 2005.

“Joyce is not a troublesome child and her main focus is playing sport.

“I think she will make it big if she continues to work hard,” said Sekoera.

I spent most of my days playing in the streets and I grew fond of running. At that time it was just a hobby – I wasn’t aware that it was my God-given talent.

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