Gymnast fights back after crash

2016-01-26 06:00
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PINETOWN gymnast Siphesihle Biyase (25) is fighting his way back to fitness after a car crash on the N3 last year.

He and some of his KZN gymnastic team members were on their way to the national championships in Johannesburg where the accident occurred, which left him seriously injured.

Biyase was part of the small South African gymnastics contingent that went to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014, a highlight of Biyase’s career.

“Going to, and competing in, the Commonwealth Games was the greatest feeling ever. It was the most incredible experience competing against some of the best gymnasts in the world.

“I came back from the event having achieved what I wanted to after setting myself some realistic goals, and I was really pumped to continue improving when I returned home.”

The accident not only resulted in Biyase and Michael Robbertze being injured, it took the life of fellow gymnastic, Lindokuhle Sithole.

“The doctors said I tore my posterior cruciate ligament as well damaging my medial collateral ligament so I had a lot of rehab work to undergo.”

Getting back into training has been tough for Biyase, but with the support and guidance of Prime and the Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP), funded by KZN Sports and Recreation, the youngster is positive about the future.

“It has taken me some time to get going again after the accident, but with my reworked goals I have something to work towards again and being part of the South African team for the African Championships this year is my new goal.

“I missed out on Olympic qualifiers, which is disappointing, but I am feeling more positive now that I have something to work towards, even though African champs are still a long way off.”

Biyase is grateful for the support he got from EADP and Prime throughout his rehabilitation.

“Being supported by Prime and the EADP has been great for me on a number of levels as not only have they been hugely supportive during rehab, they have helped me recover properly from past injuries as well.”

Biyase has been able to lean on a team of experts for help beyond the injuries sustained, with the facilities professionals helping him return to where he was before the crash mentally as well.

“It has been really beneficial for me to have these people helping me through everything and I’m thankful to them for all of the help they have given me.”

The injury he sustained could have set him back significantly however, he has been back to the Pinetown gym at Lahee Park, helping out there to keep busy and remain actively involved in gymnastics.

“Getting back into the gym to help out has really helped me because I wanted to avoid being caught in a rut where I wasn’t doing anything.”

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