Amputee rewrites history books

2020-03-03 06:02
Zizipho Ndlwana (29) on his first summit in 2014. Ndlwana will become the first transtibial (below the knee) amputee to summit Mount Kilimanjaro for a second time in just six years.

Zizipho Ndlwana (29) on his first summit in 2014. Ndlwana will become the first transtibial (below the knee) amputee to summit Mount Kilimanjaro for a second time in just six years.

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At the beginning of each year people make resolutions. Some aim to eat healthier, find a new hobby, break old habits and start new traditions. But a Sport Management lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is aiming a little higher – in fact 5 895 metres above sea level, to be exact.

Zizipho Ndlwana (29) will become the first transtibial (below the knee) amputee to summit Mount Kilimanjaro for a second time in just six years.

Ndlwana, an ambassador for the Guts 2 Glory Trust Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that aims to help disabled and underprivileged athletes to achieve their sporting potential, first climbed the highest mountain in Africa in 2014.

Upon answering on why he decided to take on the mountainous task again, he simply explains: “It is for a good cause. I am raising funds for people in need.

“I see this as a motivation and an opportunity for me to grow.

“To me it’s a reminder that not everything in life is easy but you have to pull through.”

Kilimanjaro is the highest single free-standing mountain in the world. The summit started on Saturday 29 February. Ndlwana says: “It will take us five days up, one day down, so six days in total.”

Ndlwana’s says this time his hiking group includes three wheelchair-bound athletes and another amputee.

Ndlwana says Lee Wyser, founder of the Guts 2 Glory Trust Foundation, has been the brains behind his Kilimanjaro expeditions. He added that she and her team are set to provide support to the climbers.

Ndlwana says you cannot really prepare for the conditions of the mountain as Cape Town and Tanzania differ, so one can only prepare for what you can.

He added that his physical preparations included extensive aerobic exercises, walking, hiking and a good and healthy diet containing high protein foods for muscle recovery after the exercises.

He says climbing a second time around doesn’t come without its own challenges.

“When I summited Kilimanjaro in 2014 I weighed 18kg lighter than I do now, we also have athletes that are in wheelchairs joining us, so it will be a new learning curve for me. But I am looking forward to it. Bring it on,” challenged Ndlwana.

He aims to motivate and inspire other physically challenged athletes to not allow themselves to be held back from achieving great things.

He says: “I hope for a successful summit and to raise enough money to be able to help the underprivileged. We will also be going to a children’s home in Tanzania.”

The lecturer shared an empowering message to others.

“You can achieve anything, you just need to push yourself, and you need to believe in yourself. Hold on to the positive things. Do the things that people say you cannot do. That’s how you grow.”

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