Paraplegic wins twice

2016-10-12 06:00
CHANTELLE STIERMAN (30) scooped both the Sport Star of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year with Disabilities awards on Thursday night (06/10). Photo: Boipelo Mere

CHANTELLE STIERMAN (30) scooped both the Sport Star of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year with Disabilities awards on Thursday night (06/10). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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DO NOT allow other people to underestimate you, no matter how different you are to them. The fact that you are different does not necessarily mean that you are less of a person.”

These were the inspiring words of advice given by Chantelle Stierman (30), who was wheeled to the stage twice to accept her awards at the newly re-built Northern Cape Theatre on Thursday night (06/10).

Stierman was speechless and taken by surprise by the announcements of her as the recipient of the Northern Cape Sports Star of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year with Disabilities awards for the year 2015.

Being wheeled to the stage to receive her trophies, certificates and cheques was about the best thing that has happened to her this year, she said. “I feel so blessed and excited,” she exclaimed.

Stierman was the darling of the audience on the night.

Originally from Prieska, she attended the Elizabeth Conradie School. She is looking forward to giving back to her school by empowering its learners through sports.

“I want to assist those who have had the same challenges as me in the past,” she added.

She is currently looking forward to the SA Championships in 2017 where she might qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan.

Amongst her achievements are reaching fourth place in the Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo, and third place in the IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Brazil this year.

The awards were presented by the MEC of Sport, Arts and Culture, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, flanked by the MEC of Health, Lebogang Motlhaping.

Her advice to upcoming young sportsmen and -women is that they must work hard, as this will pay off at the end of the day.

I want to assist those who have had the same challenges as me . . .

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