Bradley aiming for the Olympics

Para-athlete brings home gold for 100 m and 200 m sprint events.

13 May 2019 | Sports

“Work hard, no matter what your circumstances …”

Swakopmund • Karl Philander

Bradley Murere (16), a learner at Namib High School, brought home two gold medals after participating at the recent South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) competition in Stellenbosch.

He participated in the 100 m and 200 m sprint, where his time in the 100 m was 11.56 seconds. His previous personal best in this event was 11.98 seconds while in the 200 m it was 24.28 seconds.

Murere lost his right arm in a motor vehicle accident in 2012. “It was a few years back when I first fell in love with sprinting, after friends invited me to train with them. The love for running has been in my family for generations, as my grandfather Gabriel Murere and my aunt Petronella /Uiras were also athletes.

“I participated in athletics before my accident, but after losing my arm I became more motivated and more driven as an athlete.”

He explains that after his accident he had numerous thoughts on what people would say or think of him. “For a long time I only focused on the negative, on the nasty comments people might make.”

Achievements

One of his biggest achievements was in 2018 when he competed in the World Para Athletics Grand Prix Championships in Berlin and won silver and bronze medals.

“I am currently preparing for the World Championship that take place in Dubai in November. At the same time, I’m working towards securing a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.”

He says that he does not let his current circumstances inhibit him from being an athlete.

“Work hard, no matter what your circumstances. Nothing comes easy, you might have the talent, but you need the skills to grow your talent. Work hard and never give up on your dreams.”

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