Anthony Motshegwa - Inspiring story of a young man's journey from a Township to Competitive Skydiving!!!

This past weekend saw an underprivileged 28-year-old soar to new heights by winning a silver medal at the South African National Skydiving championships!!!

 

Rustenburg, South Africa – Anthony Motshegwa is a mild-mannered 28-year-old from a heavily disadvantaged background who is actively pursuing his passion!

Due to his low level of income and the considerable expense of the sport, it has taken him 12 years to get to a level where he could finally compete, but he recently won a silver medal at the South African National Skydiving Championships!!!

This is a clear indication that he has the sheer drive, determination, patience and discipline required to reach his goals.

Motshegwa grew up in a township in Rustenburg and in 2007, while travelling by taxi, he saw a parachutist making a descent from the sky above him. He had no idea what he was witnessing, but he was in absolute awe. He shared this experience with his father who later explained the concept of parachuting to him.

It was at that point that Anthony decided that he wanted to pursue parachuting.

His father took him to the Rustenburg Dropzone where he learnt to pack parachutes. Packing parachutes was his way of earning money to both provide for himself and fund the start of his skydiving career. Packing has continued to be his form of income.

Carin Smit and her Husband Pieter have given of their time and money to help Anthony progress. However, Motshegwa is still reliant on hand-me-down gear, like jumpsuits and helmets, which isn’t conducive to efficient progression. The second-hand equipment doesn’t provide an ideal fit for his tiny 48kg build (for nationals he filled a hoodie’s pockets with sand and stitched them closed to act as a weight belt).

He stopped the nationals award ceremony to take a moment to thank the skydiving community for showing him love – he wasn’t able to hold back the tears, and neither was the entire ceremony who cried with him while giving him a standing ovation. It was a humbling moment for all as the sport generally caters to those of privilege, due to the financial barrier to entry.

“He is truly a humble and appreciative soul, filled with love and someone who only wants to show love.

He recently had the opportunity to meet a refugee from war-torn Yemen, who today is a world champion canopy pilot, and Anthony has drawn hope and inspiration from his story. Hearing the icon’s story and watching him live in action has reminded Anthony that his dream is achievable too.” – Dino Paulo a friend and jumping teammate.

The community has rallied together to form a 4-way formation skydiving team to assist Anthony in taking the next step and will be coached by South Africa’s best. There have also already been offers to help in sponsoring Anthony his own, brand new, essential equipment.

They have started a crowdfunding campaign to help him achieve his dreams and goals!

The money raised for Anthony will go toward training jumps as well as a training camp abroad where he will experience a wind tunnel (indoor skydiving) – something that South Africa does not have, but is essential in improving flying abilities and skills.

“Approximately R40 000 will allow for 40 training jumps with the bulk of the funds raised being used to subsidise the majority of the expenses of the tunnel camp (provided we find a sponsor for his flights) and a new, top of the range jumpsuit (if we don’t find a sponsor for this either).”

It is important to note that this is only Anthony’s portion of training expenses – his teammates, coaches and supporters will be paying their own way throughout the season as well as contributing to Anthony’s fund.

“Should we exceed the target, the money could be used to either assist in upgrading his equipment, spending money for his tunnel camp or be put towards further training jumps.”

The new season begins soon, but the goal is to have raised funds by 31 September 2019 which will give him and his team the time to schedule training days and a tunnel camp before Nationals next year April.

“I have never personally seen more gratitude being expressed by a single human being – each and every contribution, both seemingly ‘small’ and large, will go a long way. Each one of us has the chance to be a part of his incredible journey and what will undoubtedly be a heartwarming success story!”

Anthony looks forward to your support and the journey which lies ahead! To contribute to help him, please click here.

Watch one of his epic jumps below:


Sources: Dino Paulo | Anthony Motshegwa
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1 comment

  1. What an awesome time spent with Anthony in the air,on the creepers and around the fire at Nationals
    I was amazed by his humble ness, his eagerness to learn.
    We did well my brother
    Team B.E.E rocked
    Blue skies
    Carin

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