Sheryl pictured with her Louis Trichardt-based coach Gideon Joubert (right) and Johan Snyders (left), director of Icexpress prosthetics. Photo supplied.
Date: 25 June 2021 By:
After suffering a tendon injury in April, star para-athlete and World Para-Athletics Championships bronze medallist Sheryl James from Louis Trichardt is back on track in preparation for the Paralympics in Tokyo later this year.
Since her injury, Sheryl has been on a recovery and rehabilitation programme, doing a lot of swimming, body training and slowly but surely building up the track work again. She ran at TUKS at the BestMed stadium on 12 June and again on 19 June for the first time since her recovery. On 19 June, she was really blessed to break her own African records in the 100m and the 200m in the T37 category, notching up a time of 13,65 sec in the 100m and 27,88 sec in the 200 meters. T37 is a disability sport classification for disability athletics in track and jump events. It includes people who have coordination impairments such as hypertonia, ataxia, and athetosis.
Sheryl is one of the para-athletes who is receiving support from the National Lotteries Commission and The Sports Trust. On 12 June, she received really great training gear, courtesy of the NLC, and they did a televised interview with her, as they have done with other athletes on the same programme.
Sheryl gives all the glory to the Lord for her recovery and progress. She said was extremely grateful to Elmien van der Goot, (physiotherapist), Gideon Joubert (coach), Karen Purdon (K-Studio), Cois and Yolanda du Preez (swimming pool) for their consistent support, and also to all those who keep her in their prayers. She is also grateful for the support she is receiving from the NLC and The Sports Trust.
The final Para-athletics team for Tokyo will only be announced at the beginning of August.