Anastacuis Ontong was another one of the heroes present at the SA Cross Country Championship. The day was filled with good deeds and good sportsmanship.
Assisted by Anastacuis Ontong, Louzanne Coetzee had the honour of becoming the first blind athlete to complete the SA Cross Country Championship.
The story gets better when you realise that Anastacuis not only assisted Louzanne, but 5 minutes prior to running her race he had competed and completed his own full 10km cross country race. Meaning he ran two full races in one day just to make sure that Louzanne got the opportunity to race as well.
In the wise words of Mandela, sport breaks barriers and it has the power to unite people.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” – Nelson Mandela
The day was filled with champions of the heart, including a young athlete who carried his fellow runner across the finish line as his body started to give up. The moment was caught on camera by Roger Sedres. He also captured the image of Anastacuis and Louzanne running together.
The spirit of Ubuntu is alive and well in South Africa!