With under two month to go until the 2020 IWBF Afro Paralympic Qualifiers in January, the Sasol Amawheelagirls have been training hard in their quest to claim the No.1 spot in Africa away from Algeria.
The ladies will be involved in a High Performance Camp from 22 November to 26 November before leaving for Luanda in Angola on 27 December to take part in the Lwini Cup.
The Lwini Cup takes place between 28 November and 1 December 2019 and is sponsored by the Lwini Foundation, an aid organisation in Angola. Founded by first lady of Angola Ana Paula dos Santos (wife of President José Eduardo dos Santos) as the Lwini Fund on 30 June 1998, it caters to civilian victims of land mines and other disabilities.
The foundation’s activities include rehabilitation of schools, construction of training centers, and repairing rural villages. In 2010, the name was changed to the current Lwini Foundation.
Head Coach James Mthethwa embarked on a complete squad rebuild earlier this year and the Amawheelgirls squad consists of most of the U25 Team ladies that took part at the 2019 IWBF U25 Women’s Wheelchair World Championships in Suphanburi , Thailand earlier this year.
The Lwini Cup will be a final opportunity for the ladies to get some much need match practise for the Paralympic qualifiers, whilst at the same time, assisting with growing the women’s game in Angola.