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April 24, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Warm-hearted and Multi-Talented Mother Coordinating the Free State

By Mmane Boikanyo

Tintswalo in action at a Healthy Athletes Screening

The Special Olympics South Africa family would like to welcome Tintswalo as the new Free State Provincial Coordinator. A sports fanatic at heart Tintswalo not only volunteers at Special Olympics but is also a full time Physiotherapist at Boitumelong Special School, a Netball player for the SABC Netball team and a Physiotherapist for the Free State Netball team. Tintswalo’s journey with Special Olympics South Africa began in 2012 when she was randomly selected to participate in a coaches training. She could immediately relate to the Special Olympics movement because the organisation speaks to where her heart lies, Sports and opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities. Not only is she a provincial coordinator she’s also a Funfitness Clinical Director in the Free State. “In 2013 I attended a Healthy Athletes screening for the first time in Bloemfontein and realised that physiotherapy is also a part of Healthy Athletes, I was so impressed and knew I had to be part of it.” Her love for Neurological Rehabilitation and Sports inspired her to get actively involved in the movement. “I love it when I know that the Rehabilitation I do with the young Athletes will benefit them when they perform sports in their own category and they can win, as every athlete is a winner. I am fascinated and impressed by the mission and vision of Special Olympics and support it whole-heartedly. Viva SOSA!” said the passionate Provincial Coordinator. When asked about what she’d like to achieve in her new role, the wife and mother of three said: “I would like to reach out to other Special Schools, clubs or institutions and Parents with Athletes and make sure they know what Special Olympics is all about and also want to be part of it.” She also wants to introduce Special Olympics to the Department of Education, Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Health and to the office of the Premier and have coordinators in all the 5 districts in the Province. The future of the Free

About Mmane Boikanyo: Marketing and Communications Officer at Special Olympics South Africa.

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