Special Olympics South Africa hosts Healthy Athletes screening at Thanduxolo
On the 25TH of May, Lions Clubs
Opening Eyes together with Special Olympics South Africa hosted a Healthy
Athletes screening event for 300 athletes in Witbank at Thanduxolo. Healthy
Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven disciplines namely; Fit
feet(Podiatry), FUN Fitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion(better health
and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), Med Fest(sports physical
examination), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry). Dr.
Makhubo, a dentist who works with the Department of health was really moved by
the event. “It was an eye opener of how we have neglected to incorporate
people with intellectual disability into programs. There is clearly a huge
need. Thanks to this screening we can go back to the drawing board and improve
our programs.” Nokulunga Shabangu, an athlete from Wolvenkop Special School
plays netball, table tennis and indigenous games. With the assistance of her
hearing aid, she can communicate better with her loved ones.
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