Junior Mavuso

Born /  6 February 1995
School /  Muriel Brand School in Brakpan, Gauteng
Lives in /  Vosloorus, South Africa

Story

Junior Mavuso lost his left leg below the knee in a car accident when he was three years of age.

After struggling for years , he received his Jumping Kids prosthesis in 2010 .

One of the original Jumping Kids, Mavuso has inspired people across South Africa. He has an interest in studying sport administration.

Since becoming a Jumping Kid Junior has …

  • represented Gauteng (and medalled) at every Nedbank National Athletics Championships since 2010
  • set a new South African record in the under-20 men’s F44 long jump (4.31m) in 2013
  • represented the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund at various events including the Unogwaja Challenge, the StepUp500 Challenge, the Warrior Race Series, as well as the 2013 Avis Madiba Day event
  • flown to Cape Town to surprise Unogwaja pioneer, and good friend John McInroy, and attended the TED-X  event where John addressed the audience about the ShoOops initiative
  • ‘paid it forward’ by writing an inspirational letter to a young amputee
  • interviewed by eNCA’s Against all Odds in February 2014
  • won silver in the T44 under-20 200 m (30.24 seconds), silver in the 100 m (14.10 seconds) and then set  a new SA record of 4.74 m in the F44 long jump for gold at the 2014 Nedbank National Championships
  • leapt to bronze in the Open T44 long jump (04.81m) behind Etchegaray Nguluwe (5.28m) and winner, Mpumelelo Mhlongo (06.35m) and added silver in the javelin (29.60m) at the 2017 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled

Q&A

Best Jumping Kids moment/s:

Getting my blade and running the relay for the first time was a stand-out moment. That, and all the awesome trips we are able to have as Jumping Kids.

Future goal/s:

My dream is to compete in the Paralympic Games in my favourite athletic events the T/F44 100m, 200m and long jump. I am training hard and am doing my best to fulfil my dream.

Message to children living with disabilities:

Don’t ever let what other people say or think about you bring you down. Put yourself out there, show the world what you are capable of, and that you are no different to any other person.

God has a plan for you and you should be willing to fulfil His plan! Let nothing stand in your way. To quote one of my heroes, “you are not disabled by your disability but able by your abilities”. So, keep rocking and be who you want to be!

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