Crash victim defies odds to tackle Midmar

2011-02-09 00:00

NICK Whiting, a 21-year-old from Howick who became paraplegic after a motor accident last year, will defy the odds by taking part in the aQuellé Midmar Mile race on February 12.

“I don’t remember much about the accident. All I know is that I was driving back home on a straight road from Cape Town and the next thing I was in hospital. The accident is harder for my family than it is for me,” Whiting said.

He said his caregiver has motivated him to take part in the race and although he doesn’t really like swimming, he doesn’t enjoy sitting around doing nothing either.

Whiting has been training hard for the race with his legs supported by a SwimFin, an ingenious flotation device that teaches people how to swim. He has completed an unaided practice.

“I’ve always been active; I took part in sports and ran two kilometres daily, and I want people to know that I’m still the same person even after the accident,” he said.

Over 14 000 swimmers have entered this year’s race, the biggest open-water swim in the country.

Whiting said the race would be a challenge since he will be doing backstroke, but he is confident he will finish in record time.

“Life shouldn’t stop because you’re paralysed and people should carry on living no matter what,” he advised.

“And I hope that the big fish do not swallow me.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.