Special Olympics South Africa athlete Thapelo Kgobo-Otsile was diagnosed with type Robertsons Translocation. The Paediatrician suspected Down syndrome based of physical features and low muscle tone. As Special Olympics South Africa, we are extremely proud of Thapelo, for his great achievement of being the first SOSA athlete to attend a mainstream school. This sure indeed is a great new start for our Thapelo, and we are fully behind him and know he will do exceptionally well at school.
Dr. Cathy Dikobe, Thapelo’s mother mentioned that personally her son has taught her to be a strong fighter and to always soldier on no matter how hard situations may be. She acknowledged Special Olympics for broadening her understanding of the wide massive challenges faced by people with an Intellectual Disability.
Thapelo is a true testimony of our athlete oath which reads that “Let me win, But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt”.