Petrus van Breda

“I hope to continue to perform well and to qualify for possible selection to represent South Africa at future international events.”

Sport: Athletics
Nationality: South African
Gender: male
Born: 31 January 1986
Amputation: Below-the-Knee
Class: F44
Main Events: Javelin, Discus, Shot Put
Club: Is Ability Sports Club
Affiliations: Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics & Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund

Background

Petrus van Breda was born in Carltonville in 1986 and currently runs his own business in Thabazimbi.

A shooting accident in 1996 resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. Petrus is a member Platinum Health and became a client of Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics in 2010.

He subsequently also became a member of Team Icexpress and has been competing in the F44 Discus, Javelin and Shot Put events on regional and national level ever since. Petrus is well positioned to qualify to compete at international level in the future.

2010 August – Achieves the Qualifying Standard (QS) in Javelin (31.65m) and Shot Put (10.75m) at the SASAPD-SASCOC Invitational at the University of Johannesburg
2010 September – Betters his QS distance in Javelin with a throw of 32.39m, as well as in the Shot put (11.2m) at the regional trials held at Pilditch.

Van Breda also achieves a 30.7m distance in the Discus thereby qualifying to compete at Nationals in all three field disciplines
2011 March – At the Nedbank National Championships in Rustenburg, van Breda took gold with a distance of 31.49m in the Discus, gold with a distance of 35.01m in the Javelin, and gold with a distance of 10.87m in the Shot Put

Gaining on the Road to Tokyo

Para Athletes associated with Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics secure more than 50 medals, 14 SA Records, 7 African Records and 5 World Records at this year's Toyota SA SASAPD Para Athletics National Championships hosted in Stellenbosch.

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