A man from Bonteheuwel, on the Cape Flats, will represent South Africa in the Table Tennis events at this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The 34-year-old Theo Cogill will also be the first person from Bonteheuwel to participate in an illustrious event like this. The Paralympics Games is set to start in August.
Despite his disability, Cogill found his love for the sport the Bonteheuwel Community Centre, one of many centres still offering better opportunities for young people in the area.
“This why Bonteheuwel today is a way better place than it was in the past, a place that young people are realising their gifts and being afforded the opportunities to thrive despite the challenges they face,” McKenzie said.
He added that people should no longer refer to Bonteheuwel as a gang-ridden area as it is becoming a nest of success and opportunities for the youngsters.