Puseletso Mabote

Born / 17 April 2005

School / King Edward VII School

Lives in / Nigel, South Africa

Story

In 2010 Puseletso Mabote underwent an emergency amputation after a truck crashed into him on his way to school. The accident claimed his right leg from above the knee.

After struggling with his mobility for three years, he became a beneficiary of the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund in 2013. Puseletso was introduced to Para athletics to aid rehabilitation, as well as, to give him a chance to test his prosthetic equipment, and meet  and mingle with physically challenged peers achieving great things.

In 2019, through intervention from the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund, Puseletso started high school at prestigious King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. That same year he set a new world record in men’s 200m T63 at the 2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championships for South Africa.

Since becoming a Jumping Kid

  • Leapt to a (provisional) African Record in Long Jump u/17 men’s T63 division measuring 4,84m at the 2021 Toyota SA SASAPD National Track & Field Championships (24-26 April 2021) adding a 200m u/17 men’s T63 (provisional) RSA record (26,88 seconds) to his campaign
  • Unofficially smashed the T63 400m World Record time when he ran a blistering 1:04.65 at the Tuks Athletics stadium at an Athletics Gauteng North league meet in March 2020.
  • Set a new men’s 200m T63 world record at the 2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championships that took place in Nottwil, Switzerland.
  • Selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 IWAS World Games in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (February 12 – 16).
  • Won gold in the Boys 16 T64 100m, 200m and long jump events at Central Gauteng Sports Association for Physically Disabled Provincial Athletics Trials in Germiston  (3 November 2018).
  • Represented South Africa at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal in 2017 (November 30th to December 6th).
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