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April 04, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Athlete and Unified partner win Golf Tournament

By Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach/Unified partner Nico Van Eeden

Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach Nico Van Eeden who was playing the role of a Unified partner, won the annual Member Guest Tournament at Oubaai Golf Club in George this past weekend. Konrad and Nico had to compete with approximately 72 players and they did not disappoint. The two day tournament saw Konrad and his coach of six years winning the tournament by 6 shots. Before the last day of the competition Conrad pulled his coach to the side and said: “I am going to try my best. Don’t forget to always be happy and brave in the attempt.” The Special Olympics athlete won a silver medal for golf in the level 5 Stroke Play-Division A at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games which were hosted in Athens. While his Unified partner and coach Nico was Head Coach of the South African golf team in Athens. The victory is a clear indication of the power of Unified Sports. With proper training and more opportunities to compete athletes can become winners! Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Konrad didn’t just win on the field he also won the hearts of many. His opponents were really amazed by his sportsmanship and his standard of play. The Special Olympics golfer is very ecstatic about his victory, he said: “I’m very happy about winning and I’ll continue to be brave in my attempts on the field.”

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