Just Plain Gerhard

As a child I was injured in a car accident. This resulted in a head injury damaging the Cerebellum. Cerebellum Meaning “little brain” in Latin, controls motor activity and helps a person maintain posture and balance. The cerebellum also enables a person to perform rapid and repetitive movements like running. Injury to the cerebellum causes mobility problems, and poor balance.

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“Life is not about being disabled, but differently able”

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I am passionate about sports, and totally dedicated to following my career in cycling. As a sportsman I’ve toured all over South Africa and abroad several times with my cycling and road running. I have been cycling for almost 10 years now. Six years ago I decided to peruse cycling, professionally winning 2 Gold in the South African National Championships and earning my place in the South Africa 2012 Para-Olympics Team competing in London. In the last four years I have competed in various events internationally winning a Bronze medal and a silver thus far. Personally my goal is to be the best T2 tricycles that I can be and become well known throughout the world. I am very passionate about my cycling and would like to develop myself further to be at my best.

I’m a hard worker and believe that success is inevitable. I have proved this to myself, by my ranking in the South African Paralympics team as a T2 Cyclist; this means that I ride a custom tricycle that is peddled powered. I have moved from 3rd to 2nd ranked in SA and I am currently ranked 7th internationally as a Para-cyclist.

I am an extroverted loving and caring person who is deeply committed to my family and team members. Although cycling is a singular activity I very much see myself as part of a team. I love reading a good book, magazines and I enjoy spending time with friends eating good Mediterranean food, watching great movies like “Tigerland” and listening to dance anthems. I have a dog named Otto; he has such an adorable personality.

I like running, mostly to keep me fit. If there is a marathon somewhere, count me in. I also like to participate in adventure sports, and love being out in nature. One of my personal goals is to own my own car. This would get me to daily training, participating in road cycling events around South Africa, and enjoy my independence as an adult.

With my never say die attitude I am a very active member in my society having proved the medical authorities wrong. I am living proof that hard work and dedication are all it takes to meet ones goals. I was run over by a car when I was 8 years old and sustained a brain injury. The prognosis was not good and the doctors did not think I would survive the first 72 hours. But I did and with the help of the physiotherapist, occupational therapists and my parents I am here today representing my country in the London 2012 Para-Olympics.

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