Palesa “Deejay” Manaleng, 31, was seriously injured in a cycling accident in 2014 that left her paraplegic and wheelchair bound. But this did not stand in the way of this superwoman! Today, Manaleng is a journalist at eNCA, student at the University of Johannesburg, and a national athlete.
She has represented South Africa at two para-cycling World Cups, has ranked 8th in the world for two years, and has twice been named national champion in both para-cycling and athletics. Manaleng trains five times a week, with a busy schedule that involves cycling, boxing and track. She dreams of representing South Africa at the World Championships and Paralympics.
Manaleng is nothing if not persistent. When she couldnâ€™t find funding for her track chair, she went through the companies on the JSE list and contacted them for a sponsorship. While most either didnâ€™t respond or said it wasnâ€™t in their budget, SA Breweries agreed to pay for her chair.
In May, she participated in the OCAL2018 Journey for Change, a non-stop 24-hour, 10-day journey from Pretoria to Cape Town to raise awareness around disability and funds for children with special education needs.
Follow her on Twitter here.
Nominated in category: Resilience