South African Trail Runner, Thabang Madiba, inspires an international short film which focuses on his life story and how he worked his way to the top.
Pretoria, South Africa – Thabang Madiba became the first black South African to represent the country on the international trail running stage. He then went on to win several races and became a two-time South African champion.
His story is an inspiring one and caught the attention of Dean Leslie, who directed an international short film about his life and running career for a big trail running brand. The short film was for Salomon, an online apparel store for trail runners.
‘Thabang Madiba somehow found his way into the world of trail running and in the last few years has become everyone’s favourite in the South African trail scene. He lives in Ga-Rankuwa township, without a mountain in sight… or a physio, chiro or dietician for that matter. But through hard work, dedication and passion, he has won the South African Trail Running Championships multiple times and was the first black South African to represent the country in Trail Running. He has become a hero in his community and is hoping to inspire a new generation of youth through the sport of trail running.’
The short film was created to inspire people and show them that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.
Take a look at his inspiring story below.