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Mandiléne takes gold at Para Youth Championships in Nottwil

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Mandiléne Hoffman recently participated in the Para Youth Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, and did not disappoint. She won the gold medal for team South Africa in the under 17 discus F 42 –F 64 group.

This is from a letter she wrote about this recent experience abroad:

"Dear Turke,

What an experience for a 15 year old turning 16 to be part of the team that represented South Africa
at the Para Youth Championship at Nottwil from 1-4 August 2019. A dream I had since 2017. In the
same breath I have to say that I would not have been able to achieve this dream of mine without
your sponsorship the last two years.

I have made new friends and old ones were once again found! The land and culture was captivating
and what an overwhelming experience. I was privilege to be the gold medallist in the under 17
discus F 42 –F 64 group. The feeling to stand there while the National Anthem was playing is
unexplainable; it makes you proud to be a South-African!

The road ahead looks brighter and more achievable after my participation at the Championship. I
know that the road that I have chosen to travel is sometimes difficult. Thank you for your support on
many levels not only financially but emotionally as well, the Turke is caring and their hands on
involvement with me are amazing and make me feel valuable. You encourage me to strive even
higher.

Thank you
Mandilene Hoffmann
F 44 athlete"

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