On the 13th of May 2008, Dan Lombard broke his neck during a practice at Pretoria Boys High School which left him as a quadriplegic. Since then his life has been a roller coaster ride.


Rugby, although the cause of his disability, is his passion and he still heavily involved in the game. From coaching to writing about it… the inspirational 26 year old is making a difference wherever he can.

The inspirational young South African’s life changed completely but that hasn’t changed his amazing outlook on life! After completing his rehabilitation, the dedicated scholar returned to Pretoria Boys High and finished his schooling.

“I had to give up my immediate goals at the time and opted to enroll at the University of Pretoria to pursue a bachelors degree in Psychology.”

And in 2012 he decided to start his blog ‘Rugby From A Wheelchair‘ which is when Lombard discovered his passion for writing. He changed his course at Varsity and completed his Honours in Journalism at Tuks in 2014.

The avid writer now spend his days writing stories about South Africa’s treasure trove of athletes.

“Rugby still forms a huge part of my life and I am in love with travelling. There is nothing better than immersing yourself in another’s culture.”

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Lombard has also chosen to not let the accident define him. He has committed himself to concentrate on all the good things in his life, striving to always better himself and those around him… while incorporating rugby and sport into his daily existence.

“It has been an arduous journey to get to where I am today and I have yet to arrive at my destination which I feel I’ll never reach as I detest stagnation.”

“I continually look for ways to better myself.”

“I would not be the man I am today if I did not have the support I receive from my family, friends, the Players Fund and absolute strangers. For this I thank you.”

Lombard has since taken a position as the Assistant Editor at Game On Magazine showcasing current sports heroes and the young emerging sports stars!

If you would like to keep up-to-date with the incredible South African… visit his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Sources: Rugby from a Wheelchair | Players Fund

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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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