Disabled champion to fly SA flag high at the paralympics

2016-04-19 06:00
 Photo: supplied Mark Frenzel hopes to fly the SA flag at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September.

Photo: supplied Mark Frenzel hopes to fly the SA flag at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September.

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UPPER Highway’s miracle horse rider Mark Frenzel has jetted off to Germany in anticipation of the paralympic qualifier competition to be held in Waregem, Belguim from 22 to 25 April.

This is the first of three remaining competitions in Europe before the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September.

Mark is currently training on a hired horse and practising his dressage tests at a yard called Hof Bettenrode near Gottingen until 20 April.

Speaking to the Fever Mark’s mother Maudelene said that this trip is a dream come true for her and her son.

She said that when Mark was born she knew something was terribly wrong as his head was the size of a tennis ball and he weighed just over a kilogram. Doctors predicted that the Mark would never walk, talk or pass the mental level of a three-month-old and chances of him surviving were slim to none.

Born with cerebral palsies (permanent, non-progressive movement disorders that cause physical disability, mainly in the areas of body movement), Mark defied all odds and has grown into one of the Upper Highway's most successful disabled horse riders.

She said that Mark and her arrived on 1 April at Hof Bettenrode, in Germany.

“We could not bring Marks trainer and groom with us because of financial restraints, however, the owner and his wife where we are kindly offered to train Mark,” she said.

“We found a horse that is suitable for Mark and the two of them are getting to know one another as the horse was trained in German, for able-bodied riders, which has been a big adjustment for all.”

She said that Mark trains every day and is improving with every lesson.

“We are leaving for Waaregem, Belgium on 19 April to compete at a qualifier for the paralympics and we are hoping to go to the last qualifier in Netherlands from 12 to 14 May if we are able to find sponsorship.”

“We are flying on a wing and a prayer and are hoping we can secure some sponsorships from the community.

“Any help that one can provide us with will be appreciated.”


To assist,
contact Mark via whatsApp on
083 359 0531

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