Paralympic Silver Medallist joins Team Őssur

The Innovation Hub, Pretoria – It was announced last week (6 February 2019) that popular blade-sprinter, Ntando Mahlangu signed a contract with Őssur; a leader in the field of prosthetic and orthotic technology; to represent the company as a one of its brand ambassadors.

Following in the footsteps of Paralympic greats such as Arnu Fourie, who Mahlangu sites as his role-model, the agreement is geared to assist the Grade 10 learner at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool in his preparations toward the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Mahlangu first burst onto the international Para Athletics scene when, at the age of 14, and only four years after undergoing a bilateral through-knee amputation, he won 200m silver for South Africa at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

This was the result of a collaborative four year journey with Johan Snyders and his team at Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics and the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund.

“We have supported Ntando since he underwent his amputation in 2012, incidentally the same year Arnu medalled at the London Paralympics, and I am very proud of how far he has come. I believe our agreement with Őssur will inspire amputees, like Ntando, to reach greater heights. It has the potential to positively impact on the development of future prosthetic technologies affording amputees greater quality of life,” says Johan Snyders, CEO of Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics.

Team Őssur is an initiative launched to promote public awareness of the true potential of people living with limb loss. It includes a number of elite Para-athletes from across the globe using Őssur products to attain their podium goals.  Mahlangu will be its youngest member to date.

“Our ambassadors inspire others with the remarkable lives they lead. Ntando is no different. We welcome him on board and look forward to walking the Road to Tokyo with him,” says Le Roux Viljoen, Managing Director of Őssur South Africa.

Written by: Liezel van Rensburg

Photo credit: Martin Potgieter / Bonzai Photographer