Ntando Mahlangu

Born / 26 January 2002

School / Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool, Gauteng

Lives in / Mpumalanga, South Africa

Story

Born with  hemi-melia, Ntando Mahlangu spent a good portion of his young life  in a wheelchair.

In 2012, the decision was made to amputate both Ntando’s legs through the knee. He was fitted with his first set of blades on 27 September 2012 at an event organized by Avis South Africa.

The rest, as they say, is history, or in this case .. history in the making.

Since becoming a Jumping Kid Ntando has…

  • starred in a ZDF German Television production focused on the Jumping Kids initiative
  • represented the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund at various events including an Avis Cares Media Event (2012),  Warrior Race Series (2013), StepUp500 Challenge (2013), an exhibition Race at the Nedbank National Championships (2013),  Celebrity Cycle Challenge (2013), and the Launch Event of the 2014 Jeep Warrior Race.
  • competed at the 2014 Nedbank National Athletics Championships where he  blitzed to gold in the 100 m with a time of 17.02 seconds and took silver in the long jump
  • represented South Africa as a guest of  Wheelchair Tennis SA at the 2014 Doha Goals Forum
  • set three new African Records (and unofficial Junior World Records)  in the T42 under-20 category at the 2015 SASAPD Nedbank National Athletics Championships plus added another gold in the javelin item.
  • set an unofficial Senior World Record in the T42 400m at the 2015 IWAS Junior World Games in Stadskanaal and won the Athlete with International Potential award.
  • won Gauteng North Sports Association for the Physically Disabled’s awards for Most Developed Athlete of the Year, Junior Sportsman of The Year, and Overall Sports Winner of the Year in 2015.
  •  won Gauteng School Sport Awards LSEN Male Athlete of the Year accolade.
  • set a 400m T42 World Record (53.19s) to add to his African Records in the 100m (13.34s), 200m (26.20s) and, unofficially, the 800m (2:14.00s) races at the 2016 Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled.
  • Selected to represent Gauteng North at the ‘ABLE’ South African Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior & Under 23 Championships in the Boys under-16 400m and Medley Relay in Germiston.
  • Won bronze in the under-16 400m and gold in the Medley Relay at the South African Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior & Under 23 Championships for ‘ABLE’ athletes in Germiston.
  • Invited to participate in the 2016 IWAS u23 World Games hosted in Prague between 29 June and 3 July.
  • Won gold in the T42 200m (25.89s), gold & new World record in the 800m (2:06.70s), gold in the 100m (13.13s), gold & new World record in the 400m (52.61s), awarded Best Athletes of the Games at IWAS Under 23 World Games (29 June – 3 July 2016).
  • Selected (19 July 2016) to represent South Africa  at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
  • Won silver with a new Personal best time of 23.97 seconds behind Richard Whitehead (23.03s WR) at the Muller Anniversary Games that took place in London (23 July 2016).
  • Won silver in the 200m T42 event in a new African record time of 23.77 seconds, and took 5th spot with another African record (12.57s)  in the 100m dash at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
  • Awarded Sportsman of the Year with a Disability at the 2016 Gauteng Sports Awards.
  • Awarded 2016 SA Sports Awards – Newcomer of the Year
  • Won silver in the 200m T42 final at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships (14-23 July) for South Africa
  • won four gold medals (100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump) and set two WORLD RECORDS (100m T42 / 12.01, 400m T42 / 49.92) at Nottwil2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships (3-6 August)
  • 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m (1:58.84min / WR & AR) and long jump (6.12m / AR) gold at the 2017 International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games
  • 200m Gold, Gold and new World Records in the 100m T42-47 (12.01s) and 400m T42-47 (49.92s) at the Nottwil 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships (3-6 August)

Q&A

Best Jumping Kids moment/s: Before becoming a Jumping Kid I could not do anything and now, after receiving my prostheses I can do everything. That is the best thing for me.

Future goal/s: Before I received my prosthetic legs my passion was soccer but that is not what I am passionate about anymore. Now all I want to do is to run and I am hoping to become a Paralympic sprinter one day.

Message to children living with disabilities: Remember who you are and where you come from and grab all the opportunities that come your way.

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