- A young girl from a village in Mpumalanga, Gopolang Mogale has been chosen to represent South Africa this year at the Special Olympics World Summer Games
- Gopolang has an intellectual disability and will be competing to two different races at the upcoming games
- The young runner’s coach and family are bursting with pride for Gopolang and are excited for her future
Gopolang Mogale hails from Pankop village in Mpumalanga and will flying the South African flag at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi later this year.
Gopolang was chosen for this prestigious event after she won the domestic competition and will be competing in both the 100m and 200m races.
The young athlete lives with an intellectual disability and, according to the Sowetan, attends an institution called Mantjedi Special School.
To our surprise and delight, Briefly.co.za found out that, when Gopolang embarks on her journey to Abu Dhabi, it will be her first time in an airplane.
Gopolang’s coach speaks highly of her talent and future as a sportswoman and the young sports star’s mother and stepfather are extremely proud of her.
“I used to be so sad because people in the community would call her names. I was concerned about her future but now there seems to be hope for her. I am so happy, I don’t even know what to do,” Gopolang’s mother gushed.
Mentor and community leader Michael Tshepo Tabane also grew up in Pankop and took to social media to express his happiness and pride for Gopolang.
As for Gopolang, she hopes to reach the heights of her favourite SA athlete, Caster Semenya.
“I am Caster Sememya,” Gopolang exclaimed with excitement.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!