Reaoleboga Aubrey’s Heart-Wrenching Story to Success

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Reaoleboga Aubrey

Reaoleboga Aubrey is a force to be reckoned with, at just 18 months old, he faced a trial that would change the trajectory of his life in ways he could never have imagined. A car accident that left him with a severe head injury, setting him on a path fraught with challenges and obstacles.

Born and raised in the humble village of Atamelang, in North West province, young Reaoleboga’s journey was about to take an unexpected turn.

The accident left him hospitalized for an extended period, battling to recover from the trauma inflicted upon his young body. As he gradually regained consciousness, his parents faced the daunting reality of their son’s long road to recovery. Yet, amidst the uncertainty and fear, they remained steadfast in their determination to give him the best chance at life.

Upon his discharge from the hospital, it became evident that Reaoleboga’s health issues would persist, robbing him of the opportunity to engage in typical childhood activities, especially sports.

In an exclusive interview with SA POSITIVE NEWS Reaoleboga’s manager, Tshepiso Dipheko reiterated the young boy’s resilience, work ethos and dedication to his passion for sports. Dipheko credits his parents for his full recovery and astounding success.

“The support he got from his parents after the whole tragic event that took place in his life is what kept him going strong and not to forget the special school he attended in Potchefstroom E. S. LE Granse for the glimmer of hope they gave Reaoleboga amidst the darkness.”

After the tragic accident Reaoleboga Aubrey was referred to E.S. LE Granse, a special school located in Potchefstroom, over 200 kilometers away from their village. Recognized for its exceptional programs catering to children with diverse needs, the school offered Reaoleboga the hope that he needed.

While at E.S. LE Granse, Reaoleboga encountered Dr. Nkosi, a compassionate and dedicated physician renowned for his expertise in pediatric neurology. Under Dr. Nkosi’s care, He received tailored treatment and rehabilitation, gradually overcoming the health challenges that had once seemed insurmountable. With each passing day, he grew stronger, both physically and mentally, defying the odds stacked against him.

“He grew stronger both mentally and physically defying all the odds stacked against him”, said Tshepiso Dipheko.

Reaoleboga’s love and passion for sport – specifically swimming and running was honed at E.S. LE Granse.

Now, it’s safe to say Reaoleboga is a dedicated athlete who has demonstrated exceptional talent and commitment to swimming and running despite his disability.

At the age of 24, Aubrey has amassed a total of 40 gold medal, 20 silver medals and 12 bronze medals.

Most popularly known for swimming, in 2019, Reaoleboga earned his inaugural medal, a bronze, at the South African Schools’ Competition. He successfully secured a spot to represent North West at the 2020 Cape Town competition. However, due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent national lockdown, the event unfortunately did not take place.

Aubrey has a lot of accolades under his belt. He participated in the

Provincial (SASA II) Special Olympics South Africa competition to secure qualification for the Nationals, and  achieved first place, earning a gold medal.

On November 15, 2022, he competed in the National Special Olympics in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, and 400m Freestyle events and achieved first place in both the 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle. These significant accomplishments at the national level have led to his selection to represent South Africa in the World Special Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

“His biggest achievement was when he went to compete in the XVI special Olympics world games which were held in Germany, Berlin where he scored himself a silver medal in the 100m Individual medley (IM) proving to himself that he is bigger, better, stronger and smarter than any obstacle he came across that could’ve denied him this chance”, said Dipheko.

Reaoleboga Aubrey meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

His selection to represent South Africa in the World Special Olympics in Berlin, Germany is a big flex – not only for him but the entire nation as well.

Despite his talent and achievements, he faces significant financial barriers that limit his ability to access quality training, cover competition expenses, and participate in international events.

Tshepiso Dipheko is pleading with good Samaritans out there to sponsor Reaoleboga Aubrey for upcoming trials set to take place at Potchefstroom – February 29, 2024 and other upcoming events to be posted on his social media platforms.

The sponsorship will enable Aubrey to have access to professional coaching and training, facilities to further develop his skills and techniques, cover travel expenses, accommodation and competitions fee for upcoming local, national and international sport events, invest in essential equipment and gear to enhance his performance and ensure his safety during training and strive for excellence.

Aubrey is also in need of swimming costumes, recovery supplements, Laptop and printer as it has became a struggle with finances to travel to town or internet cafe’s for emails and communication between the manager and possible sponsors and those willing to help – a sports bag is a need as well.

When asked – why is it important for good samaritans out there to sponsor the talented Reaoleboga Aubrey, Tshepiso Dipheko had this to say:  “We genuinely believe that your partnership with Reaoleboga will not only benefit him as an athlete but also align with your company’s values and objectives. Your support will not only empower him to pursue his dreams but also inspire others in his community to overcome challenges and strive for excellence”.

For any help/to sponsor Reaoleboga Aubrey please contact his manager, Tshepiso Dipheko:

Email:diphekotshepiso1@gmail.com

Facebook:Tshepiso Dipheko

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By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku